Charlotte 49ers win one for the kids, defeat UNCW 78-57 to end non-conference slate

Dec 4, 2011; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Charlotte 49ers head coach Cara Consuegra gives instructions to her team during the second half of the game against the Florida State Seminoles at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 4, 2011; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Charlotte 49ers head coach Cara Consuegra gives instructions to her team during the second half of the game against the Florida State Seminoles at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

The Charlotte 49ers were looking for a happy ending to what had been an up and down, sometimes good but sometimes frustrating non-conference schedule. They did just that on Education Day.

In front of several thousand kids from local schools, the Niners turned a relatively close game into a blowout by dropping UNC Wilmington, 78-57.

This game may have been a little too close for comfort for the Niners (6-7), who led 56-44 with 11:06 left in the second half against a team that entered the game just 1-12 and having dressed only seven players all year. But a 7-0 run spanning nearly two and a half minutes put the game away as the Seahawks only scored four field goals over the last 7:31.

Tori Carter scored 16 points off the bench to lead all players. Alexis Alexander and Kira Gordon combined for 15 rebounds as Charlotte held a 46-28 edge on the boards, including 24-12 on the offensive glass. They outperformed the visitors by a 3-1 margin in both assists (18-6) and fast break points (12-4) while scoring 21 points off of 15 Seahawks turnovers.

Next up is Conference USA play for the Niners, as Old Dominion visits Halton Arena Wednesday night for a 7pm tip.

Topics: Basketball, Charlotte 49ers, Charlotte 49ers Women's Basketball

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