The Charlotte 49ers take their postseason act on the road tonight. An old conference rival will be waiting for them.
The Niners open WNIT play against St. Bonaventure, a former Atlantic 10 foe, tonight at 7pm at the Reilly Center in Olean, NY. These two teams, after having played so often in the A-10, shouldn’t be too unfamiliar with each other, but here are three things you need to know about tonight’s matchup:
–The last time Charlotte and St. Bonaventure met was January 30 in Olean, a 64-57 Niner victory. Jenn Hailey recorded a double-double in that one (21 and 13) and added three blocks, while Hillary Sigmon aded 13 on 3-7 three-point shooting. All told, Charlotte leads the all-time series 5-4.
–Leading the way for the Bonnies is Katie Healy (16.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg), the A-10’s honoree for Most Improved Player. Hannah Little (10.4 ppg, 8.9 rpg) was named the league’s Sixth Woman of the Year for her work off the bench, while Jim Crowley was named Coach of the Year. Keep an eye on third-team pick Nyla Rueter (42.1% beyond the arc) and Chelsea Bowker (36.9% three-point shooting).
–It’s been an emotional last few weeks for the Bonnies and the athletic department as a whole. Brian Moretti, the team’s SID, suffered a heart attack and died days before the team was set to play La Salle in the A-10 tournament. They would go on to win that game, but lost to Fordham 73-32 two days later as the sheer emotion of the past few days overwhelmed them (it was a 38-4 game at halftime).
Winner takes on: Bowling Green, on a place and time to be determined, likely Monday night.