|Women’s basketball summer notebook – volume one|
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It’s time once again for the annual Charlotte women’s basketball summer notebook series. Each of these notebooks is designed to catch 49ers fans up with the latest happenings in and around the women’s basketball program, which is aiming for its 13th-consecutive postseason appearance in 2014-15 under the direction of fourth-year head coach Cara Consuegra.
With the dawn of the second session of summer school in early July, all 13 players for the 2014-15 campaign are now on campus and working hard in preparation for the upcoming year. All team members, which include the three freshmen (Griffin Dempsey, Mintrell McKoy and Amaya Ransom), are in town and those three are involved in all team-related activities with the 10 returners.
The team participates in strength and conditioning sessions with Skyler Farley, pickup games on their own and hour-long team shooting periods throughout the week. All that is in addition to attending summer school classes and hitting the books hard before the fall semester starts in late August.
Stay tuned to Charlotte49ers.com and follow @CharlotteWBB and @cconsuegra on Twitter for updates soon on the Niners’ non-conference schedule for 2014-15. Charlotte is set to embark on another tough non-conference slate in preparation for its second year back in Conference USA. A few more details need to be worked out before the schedule becomes official, but those sources cited above will have all the information once it is ready.
A new face has joined the staff this season as the program’s first full-time video coordinator. Eric Besserman became a 49er in early July after completing his master’s degree (and undergraduate) at Akron, working with the Zips women’s basketball team.
Besserman, an Akron, Ohio, native, will handle all video relating to the team, including game exchange with opponents, game film, coaches’ scouting and any other video that he may be asked to produce. He takes over so that Nate Dixon, who split his duties between both the men’s and women’s teams in each of the last two years, can focus solely on the men’s basketball program.
It’s coming up on two years since the debut of CharlotteWBB.com and the program has taken the time to update the site fully with all the latest videos, news and photos surrounding the team. Special thanks to graduate manager Eric Simpson for all his hard work in making it the go-to source on the Charlotte women’s basketball program.
A mobile version is also available by visiting the app store on your handheld device.
Charlotte re-joined Conference USA last summer, but the league added another new school to the mix this year, as Western Kentucky in Bowling Green, Kentucky, became the latest addition to the 14-school conference. With the departures of East Carolina, Tulane and Tulsa to the American Athletic Conference, WKU rounds out the 2014-15 membership.
The Lady Toppers, as they are known in women’s sports, are widely recognized as a solid historic program on the women’s basketball front. WKU captured the Sun Belt Tournament title in its last season in the league last year, advancing to the NCAA Tournament, where it lost to Baylor in the opening round, for the 17th time in school history.
The program has advanced to three Final Fours (1985, 1986, 1992) in its history, with a runner-up result in its last appearance, falling to Stanford in the national championship game.
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