It’s time for our second Countdown to Tipoff of the season, and this one features the Charlotte 49ers women’s basketball team as they take on Johnson C. Smith in an exhibition, Saturday night at 7 in Halton Arena (it’s free if you want to attend!). Again, we understand that it’s only an exhibition game, and it doesn’t count, but again, play along with us as we preview the action before it starts for real next Saturday against North Carolina Central. As was the case for the men’s game a couple of nights back, look for coach Cara Consegura to spread the minutes around to find a combination that works.
Here we go:
Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls @ Charlotte 49ers
Saturday, November 3, 7pm
Halton Arena, Charlotte, NC
Radio: Charlotte49ers.com | TV: None
This is the 2nd year in a row the two teams are playing each other–the Niners conquered* the Golden Bulls 73-56 last season.
–The Golden Bulls, who play in Division II’s CIAA, are a team in transition. Their coach, Steve Joyner Jr., is in his first year after a stint as the head coach at Winston-Salem State. Many of the starters from last year’s squad is gone, and the highest returning scorer is Brinee’ Dancer (5.6 PPG).
–Joyner’s associate head coach is Shenika Worthy, and his assistants are Joli Robinson, Amba Kongolo and Jamar Simmons.
–Last season, JCSU went an impressive 22-7 overall, including 14-2 in the CIAA. They received an at-large bid to the first round of the NCAA D-II tournament.
–JCSU features only one senior (Brittany Dorsett). They welcome two freshmen to the team this year.
*obvious bull-fighting reference.