It was nearly a solid comeback for the Charlotte 49ers, but in the end, the early hole they dug themselves was just a bit too deep.
Despite battling back late, the Niners never fully recovered from poor first half shooting and a large deficit en route to a 73-65 loss at Kansas State on Sunday afternoon to drop to 1-1. The Wildcats move to 2-0 on the young season.
Charlotte struggled to 28% shooting from the floor in the opening 20 minutes but heated up to 43.3% in the second half. K-State, meanwhile, opened up a 32-8 lead with 8:08 left in the first half, but a 20-7 Niners run down the stretch made it 39-28 at the break. The deficit shrunk to as little as 69-65 with sixteen seconds left in the contest, but late free throws down the stretch sealed the deal.
Ayanna Holmes led a quartet of Charlotte double digit scorers with 15 points despite just 4-12 shooting and a 5-7 mark from the line. Hillary Sigmon dropped in 14 on 3-7 shooting from deep; Alexis Alexander and Lefty Webster combined for 11 rebounds. K-State’s Leticia Romero led all scorers with 25 points on a perfect 7-7 day from the field.
Charlotte heads to Minnesota on Wednesday to take on the Golden Gophers; opening tip for that one is set for 8pm ET.