It was all Charlotte 49ers, all the time as the women’s basketball team opened the game with 20 unanswered points and had no trouble handling lowly North Carolina Central, 80-31, in their home opener at Halton Arena. Not a lot to complain about in this one, so let’s jump right in and get things started.
Prime Performers–Amanda Dowe, Jai Forney and Jennifer Hailey: The trio combined for 33 of the Niners’ 80 points (Dowe 12, Forney 11 and Hailey 10). Hailey (10) and Dowe (8) combined for 18 rebounds.
Honorable Mention–Ny Hammonds: Credit to Hammonds with a strong game. She finished with nine assists versus just one turnover (as well as nine points).
Killer D: The Niners forced 28 NCCU turnovers and held them to just eight points in the first half (25.8% shooting overall). They also registered three blocks and nine steals.
Numbers We Liked: A lot of them–the 80 points put up, the 49(!)-point margin of victory (a repeat of the JCSU exhibition win), the 51.4% shooting from the field, just ten turnovers, 38 rebounds. All in all, a rock solid team effort; all 11 Niners that saw action tonight scored at least two points.
Numbers We Didn’t Like: In all honesty, there really weren’t any numbers we didn’t like about tonight.
Final Thoughts: Couldn’t have been a better debut for the ladies. A nearly perfect performance from wire to wire.
Next Up: At TCU, Wednesday at 8pm.