Dec 4, 2011; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Charlotte 49ers forward Jennifer Hailey (30) tries to pass the ball while being pressured by Florida State Seminoles guard Alexa Deluzio (3) during the second half of the match at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte 49ers Countdown to Tipoff: It's Davidson (again)--in WNIT

As if the Charlotte 49ers/Davidson Wildcats rivalry couldn’t get any better, it gets kicked up a notch tomorrow afternoon. That’s because the two teams will meet for the second time this season–this time in the postseason–in a second round WNIT matchup at Halton Arena.

Earlier this year, the Niners topped the Wildcats, 69-54, in Halton Arena on December 21. Hillary Sigmon led Charlotte in scoring that day with 13–4-6 from the floor and 2-3 from distance–while Jenn Hailey offset a tough scoring day with a game-high 14 rebounds. Amanda Dowe got in on the act as well, adding 12 rebounds. It was the Green and While lighting it up in the first half, shooting 57.1% (16-28) to open up an 18-point halftime lead that grew to as much as 28 in the second frame.

This time, though, Davidson is looking for revenge. They’d do well to get it into the hands of leading scorer Sophie Aleksandravicius, who averages a double-double (16.4 ppg/10.1 rpg) while recording 101 blocks over 34 games. (In comparision, Hailey averages 15.2 ppg and has blocked only 70 shots, but has the edge in rebounding–11.7.) Actually, Davidson did get it into Aleksandravicius’ hands last time out, but she only scored 4 points on 2-18 shooting and blocked zero shots. Don’t count on another performance like that this time around.

If the Niners can replicate their game plan from a few months back (containing Aleksandravicius, controlling the boards and making their shots in the paint), they should be able to get to the WNIT Sweet 16. Otherwise, it will be a long night.

The winner of this one faces the winner of Monday night’s Florida/Winthrop game. This means the Niners could potentially face current Gators coach Amanda Butler, who spent two years running the show in the Queen City (2005-07). Or they’ll take on the Eagles, their rival 45 minutes to the south.
Also taking place on the Charlotte campus: some A-10 softball action. The Niners welcome George Washington and their 11-13 record to the Phillips Softball Diamond. It’s the second A-10 doubleheader of the season for the ladies as they swept Fordham on Friday; meanwhile, the Colonials will be opening conference play.
Baseball (13-6, 1-1 A-10) is at Richmond tomorrow for the final game of a three game set as they wrap up their first A-10 series of the year. Today hurt, as a potentially game-tying run in the top of the 9th was disallowed and the Spiders came away with a 4-3 win. With Justin Roland at 3rd, Shane Basen was robbed of a hit by Tanner Stanley on a sliding catch, but as Roland tagged up and crossed the plate, it was ruled that Grant Dunnegan did not tag up on second before advancing to third–and failed to do so before Basen scored, ending the game.
Game 3 is set for 11 am tomorrow, being pushed back in anticipation of some weather moving in later in the day.

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