The Charlotte 49ers’ postseason streak is now at twelve years.
Despite a disappointing season that saw them miss out on the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight year, the Niners have clinched a berth in the 2014 WNIT, the team’s eight appearance in the tournament and fifth in as many years. They’ll visit St. Bonaventure, their former Atlantic 10 rival, on Friday, March 21.
Last year, Charlotte fell at home against former Niner head coach Amanda Butler and Florida, 67-65, on a Jaterra Bonds jumper with three seconds left. A year prior, they were a one-and-done, falling at Halton Arena to Wake Forest 72-61. That followed a season in which they advanced to the tournament’s final four, knocking off Liberty at home, South Carolina on the road, then Florida at home and Virginia on the road before falling at Toledo in the semifinals.
This season didn’t end as the team would have hoped. They suffered their third-straight opening game loss in conference tournament action, falling to LA Tech 64-55 in the second round of the Conference USA Championships and putting them at an even .500 (15-15) on the season.
St. Bonaventure advanced to the A-10 semifinals before falling to eventual league champ Fordham, 73-32 to fall to 23-10 on the season. It was notable because the game was played just days after the death of their SID, Brian Moretti.