After the Charlotte 49ers men’s basketball team tipped off their season with a win against Charleston Southern, it’s the ladies’ turn to hit the Halton Arena court. The women’s basketball team starts their 2012-13 season against North Carolina Central tonight at 6 in search of an 11th straight postseason appearance (and hopefully their first NCAA berth since 2010. Here’s what you need to know about NCCU, an opponent the Niners should handle fairly easily.
Charlotte 49ers vs. North Carolina Central Eagles
Saturday, November 10, 6pm
Radio: Charlotte49ers.com; TV: None
All-Time: Niners lead, 1-0
Last meeting: February 2, 1978 (Niners won by forefit)
- The Eagles play in the MEAC, where they were 3-27 last year (1-15 in conference play). They were picked to finish last out of 13 teams in the league’s preseason poll.
- NCCU is coached by Vanessa Taylor in her first season; ironically, she comes to the team from Johnson C. Smith, who the 49ers defeated in exhibition action last week. She is assisted by Ronnie Enoch, Ed Geth and Kendra Eaton. Taylor replaces longtime coach Joli Robinson, whose contract was not renewed following the 2011-12 season.
- Leading the Eagles on court is redshirt senior Chasidy Williams, an All-MEAC second team selection. Williams is the team’s leading returning scorer and rebounder (14.7 PPG, 7.5 RPG).
- This is only the second meeting between the two schools. The first was February 2, 1978; however, the Eagles forfeited the game, awarding the victory to the Niners.