|49ers Defeat Richmond, 77-62, On Senior Day|
CHARLOTTE, NC - Behind balanced scoring led by four players in double-figures, the Charlotte 49ers (16-12, A-10: 8-6) defeated Richmond (22-7, A-10: 9-5), 77-62, in Halton Arena in their final regular-season game. Prior to the game the 49ers honored seniors Katie Meador and Epiphany Woodson who played in their final regular-season home game.
"It was a great way to send out the seniors," Charlotte coach Cara Consuegra said. "It was one of our most complete performances of the season. We were very focused. It was the best that we have executed our game plan all year. We really moved the ball around with 21 assists on 31 field goals. It is great to have momentum heading into next weekend's Atlantic 10 Tournament."
Jennifer Hailey led the 49ers with her 11th double-double of the season and the 19th of her career with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Hailey also finished the game with five blocked shots. Woodson recorded her 20th double-figure scoring game of the season with 15 points. Jai Forney and Hillary Sigmon each scored 11 points apiece off the bench for the 49ers. Amanda Dowe added nine points to the 49ers attack. Ny Hammonds became the 18th player in school history to record 100 assists in a season after she dished out seven assists with no turnovers in the game. Hammonds now has a career-high 102 assists.
Charlotte finished the game with a 44-30 advantage in points in the paint and a 25-14 advantage in bench points.
The 49ers defense limited Richmond to a 34.8% shooting from the field.
Charlotte never trailed in the game. The 49ers began the game by scoring 13 of the game's first 17 points taking a 13-4 lead at the 14:06 mark. Charlotte pushed their lead to 22-11 when Dowe scored inside with 9:20 left in the first half.
Charlotte's lead would balloon to 15 points, 33-18, when Forney converted a layup with 4:25 left in the first half. Richmond went on an 11-4 run over the next three and half minutes cutting Charlotte's lead to 37-29 with 42 seconds left in the half. Then, Charlotte's Woodson scored five of the half's final seven points giving the 49ers a 42-31 halftime lead.
At the start of the second half, Richmond went on a 12-4 run cutting the 49ers lead to 46-43 when Abby Oliver scored on a short jump shot with 13:58 on the clock. Then, Sigmon knocked down a three pushing the 49ers lead to six points at the 13:36 mark. Richmond's Kristina King answered Sigmon's three with a basket cutting Charlotte's lead to 49-45 just nine seconds later. Then, Charlotte behind the scoring of Woodson and Hailey went on a 6-0 run pushing their lead to 55-45 when Hailey scored inside with 11:35 left in the game.
Richmond cut Charlotte's lead to eight points at the 11:19 mark but that would be as close as they would get as the 49ers went on a 9-0 run pushing their lead to 64-47 when Forney converted on a foul line jump shot with 8:30 on the clock.
Next game for Charlotte, who earned the sixth-seed in next week's A-10 Tournament, is a first-round A-10 Tournament matchup with 11th- seed Saint Louis, Friday, March 2 at 7:30 pm.