Believe it or not, but basketball season is upon us. On a quest to make it to the postseason for a 11th straight season (and hopefully to their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2009), the Charlotte 49ers women’s basketball team hit the practice courts for the first time on Monday. It’s coach Cara Consegura’s second season at the helm, and she’ll be looking to improve on a 16-12 record (8-6 in the A-10). Of course, it’s the Niners’ final season in the Atlantic 10–so they’ll be looking to go out with a bang.
This incoming class is significant because it’s Consegura’s first recruiting class (the three sophomores on the team–Ayanna Holmes, Olivia Rankin and Hillary Sigmon–were recruited by Karen Aston before her resignation in April 2011) and a a strong Georgia pipeline looks to be established early on. All but one of the four freshmen on the squad are from the Peach State.
Alexis Alexander | F | Alpharetta | Atlanta, GA
Ranked a three star prospect by ESPN. A first-team all-North Fulton and an All-State honorable mention in her senior season after transferring in to the school before the start of the school year. Team ended the 2011-12 season ranked 20th in the state.
Tori Carter | G | Norcross | Atlanta, GA
A member of the team that won the state championship in 2010-11 and advanced to the Class AAAAA final four in early March, where they lost by three to eventual champion McEachern. Four year starter that was named all-state as a sophomore.
Kira Gordon | G | Kennesaw Mountain | Kennesaw, GA
Named all-metro Atlanta by the Journal-Constitution after her senior year, as well as all-state honorable mention.
Shequana Harris | G | Murry Bergtraum | Bronx, NY
Another three star prospect at ESPN. Named the top girl’s player in New York City and was a key member of the Murry Bergtraum team that won an unprecedented 14th straight New York City PSAL Class AA title in March.
Basketball Madness at Halton Arena kicks off the season on October 18, followed by an exhibition against Johnson C. Smith on November 3. The season opener is at home against North Carolina Central a week later on November 10.