HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Charlotte women’s basketball has its sights set on its next game, less than 48 hours from its previous outing, when it tips-off against Marshall in Huntington, W.Va., at 1 p.m. Saturday inside the Cam Henderson Center.
The 49ers picked up an 85-61 win at Louisiana Tech Thursday, a day later than normal in the Conference USA calendar due to the contest being televised on the league’s broadcast schedule. Charlotte then hopped on a plane Friday morning en route to West Virginia for the Saturday afternoon affair that waits it.
Five players reached double-figure scoring in Thursday’s triumph, including a trio tallying 14 points apiece. Senior Ny Hammonds and junior Hillary Sigmon, both starters, were joined by freshman bench player Ciara Gregory with the team-best scoring outputs.
Both Sigmon and Gregory buried 50.0 percent of their 3-point attempts, 3-of-6 and 4-of-8, respectively, to help Charlotte cross back to the positive side of the .500 mark in conference action. The Niners bring a 5-4 C-USA and 11-11 overall ledger into Saturday’s meeting with the Thundering Herd.
Gregory finished with 14 points, setting a new career high, while Hammonds equaled the program’s all-time assists record with 442. She has matched the mark attained by Markita Aldridge (1992, ’94-96) after distributing five in Thursday’s victory.
Junior Ayanna Holmes hauled in a career-best nine rebounds to lead the squad, as the 49ers dominated the glass, 48-to-31. Redshirt junior Gabby Tyler added eight caroms to the collective team effort.
Tyler is the 49ers leader with 12.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game heading into Saturday. Hammonds (12.0 ppg), sophomore Kira Gordon (11.3) and Sigmon (10.4) provide the well-balanced attack.
On the boards, Tyler is trailed by Gordon’s 6.7 and sophomore Alexis Alexander’s 5.6 averages.
Marshall has won just once in its last 10 games, dropping to 8-15 overall and 1-9 in the league. Second-year head coach Matt Daniel’s squad finished its non-conference campaign 7-6 before entering the conference portion of its slate.
Leah Scott is the lone Thundering Herd player to average double-figure points with an 11.9 average, but Suporia Dickens and AJ Johnson are not far behind with 9.3 and 9.0 points per game, respectively.
Dickens edges out Chukwuka Ezeigbo for team-high rebounding honors, 7.2 to 7.1, while Chelsey Romero also grabs 6.0 per contest.
Charlotte won the only previous meeting between the two schools, a 64-63 overtime decision against the Thundering Herd Dec. 8, 1990, also in Huntington. Saturday’s contest will mark the first time the two programs meet as Conference USA foes.
Josh Feldman will have all the play-by-play action on the Charlotte49ers.com audio feed with live stats and video also linked through the site. Updates will also be available on Twitter by following @49erGameDay.