Monday night the NCAA announced its women’s bracket for the NCAA Tournament. Where were the Charlotte 49ers seeded, and where will they play? Wait, what?, reports are coming in they sent the Niners to the WNIT instead.
Coach Cara Consuegra and the Charlotte 49ers finished 13-1 in one of the toughest women’s leagues in the country, including BCS schools, and finished 24-5 with an RPI of 52. They beat the eventual A-10 conference tourney champ, St. Joe’s, giving the Hawks their first conference loss. They also gave Duquesne their first conference loss. The Niners have the A-10 Player of the Year, Jennifer Hailey. There were four at-large bids with RPI’s worse than Charlotte’s: USF, West Virginia, Kansas, and Miami. All four of those had DOUBLE-DIGIT losses, but they were from the favored BCS conferences. Pardon me, but I thought America was supposed to not have a caste-system. I should have known the fix was in when we only got votes for the Top 25 once all season, the last of the Regular Season. The AP Top 25, a mostly BCS cartel tool.
Charlotte probably got knocked out by their disappointing loss in the conference quarterfinals. Well, guess what? Duke’s men were also disappointed by a conference quarterfinal loss, and they got a #2 seed in the NCAA Tourney, so there goes the “NCAA higher-ups” excuse.
Two years ago, the Niners made the WNIT Final Four to finish with 27 wins. (How did they not get a NCAA bid with 23 in the regular season?) Well, obviously the powers that be such as Baylor, UConn, and Notre Dame are scared, so ladies, I say, win the whole WNIT this year for spite.
Charlotte plays Appalachian State at home on Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. Come on out, and root us on in an in-state match vs. the Mountaineers. If we win they could face either a women’s team that has been good for decades (Old Dominion) or in-county rival Davidson.
Possible opponents in the WNIT Sweet 16 are Winthrop (just across the state line in Rock Hill, SC), or the Florida Gators, lec by former Charlotte head coach Amanda Butler. In the WNIT Elite Eight, in-state rival NC State or A-10 sister schools Fordham or Richmond are possibilities.
WNIT Final Four likely opponents would be Western Kentucky (a rival from the old Sun Belt/Metro days), in-state rival and soon to be former CUSA sister East Carolina, Auburn or Arkansas from the BCS cartel, future C-USA foes UAB or SMU, A-10 rival Duquesne, or Memphis or Tulane (who are also leaving CUSA). Memphis, Tulane, ECU, and UAB were opponents in the old CUSA days, while Tulane and UAB also go back to the old Sun Belt/Metro Conference.
If Charlotte makes the WNIT Championship, Washington, Minnesota, Marquette, Kansas State, Missouri, or Illinois are all possibilities; or they could go tropical and play Hawaii. They could face Long Beach State, the other 49ers. A-10 foe Butler is another possibility, as is Toledo, the team that whupped the Niners two years ago in the WNIT Final Four.
App State finished 13-7 in the Southern Conference, and 20-10 overall. Common opponents are Xavier and Davidson. Both teams beat Xavier, and Davidson, a Charlotte victim earlier this season, beat App State twice. Down the Mountaineers!
A risk of us being good is losing the coach. Now that Cara has 24 wins in one season, will a BCS school come by with more money? I don’t want to lose another coach. The 49ers women already have OUR coaches at Miami, Florida, and Texas. We have a women’s soccer coach at Kentucky, a men’s golf coach at Duke, and Melvin Watkins left over a decade ago for Texas A&M. We have trouble keeping up in the money department.