The Charlotte 49ers (16-12, A-10: 8-6) are seeded sixth in this week's Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Tournament that will be played at Saint Joseph's Michael J. Hagan '85 Arena in Philadelphia, March 2-5. Charlotte faces 11th -seed Saint Louis the first round of the A-10 Tournament, Friday, March 2 at 7:30 pm. If the 49ers win, they would face third-seed Dayton in the A-10 Tournament quarterfinals, Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 pm. The Atlantic 10 Tournament semifinals will be played Sunday, March 4 and the championship game will be Monday, March 5 at 5 pm.
"I am looking forward to next weekend's Atlantic 10 Tournament," Charlotte coach Cara Consuegra said. "We enter the tournament with some momentum after our win against Richmond today. We will play Saint Louis in the first round. We had two exciting games against them this season. We are excited for the challenge of playing in the Tournament."
Charlotte has reached at least the A-10 Tournament semifinals in each of the last three seasons. In 2009, Charlotte defeated Duquesne, Temple and Richmond to capture the program's first-ever Atlantic 10 Tournament title.
Charlotte has never played Saint Louis in the A-10 Tournament. Charlotte leads the all-time series against Saint Louis, 21-7. Charlotte and Saint Louis split their two regular-season meetings which each team winning on their home court. The 49ers defeated Saint Louis, 61-52, in their first meeting this season which came in Halton Arena, January 11. In that game, Epiphany Woodson led the 49ers with 21 points. Then, Saint Louis defeated Charlotte, 70-69, in overtime in their last meeting at home, February 22. Woodson scored a team season-high 32 points in that game.
Now we will take a closer look at the 49ers entering the Atlantic 10 Tournament. Jennifer Hailey leads the 49ers and ranks among the Atlantic 10 leaders in scoring at 14.0 points per game. She leads the Atlantic 10 in rebounding at 9.4 boards per game. Hailey recorded her 11th double-double of the season with 20 points and 13 rebounds in the last game against Richmond. Amanda Dowe, who averages 6.9 points per game, is second in the Atlantic 10 in rebounding at 9.0 boards per game. Woodson is second on the team and ranks among the Atlantic 10 leaders in scoring at 12.9 points per game. Woodson scored 15 points against Richmond in her final regular-season home game. Gabby Tyler is third on the team in scoring at 8.1 points per game. She also averages 5.4 boards per game. Jai Forney is fourth on the team in scoring at 8.0 points per game. Forney scored 11 points off the bench against Richmond. Hillary Sigmon, who has started 17 games, averages 7.5 points per game. Sigmon scored 11 points off the bench against Richmond. Ny Hammonds, who averages 4.9 points per game, leads the team in assists with 102. Hammonds became the 18th player in school history to record 100 assists in a season when she tallied seven assists with no turnovers against Richmond. Ayanna Holmes has started 24 games this season at point guard. Holmes averages 4.1 points per game. Meador, who made her first start of the season against Richmond, averages a career-high 3.8 points per game this season.