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WNIT First Round matchup set for Thursday inside Halton

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte women’s basketball is back in the postseason and will play host to in-state foe Wake Forest at 7 p.m. Thursday in WNIT First Round action. The 49ers will be making their 13th postseason appearance in the last 14 years and 14th overall in school history.


Head coach: Cara Consuegra (Iowa, 2001)
Fifth season
91-64 at Charlotte and overall
Assistants: Joanne Aluka-White, fourth season
Randi Henderson, first season
Nicole Woods, third season
Jena Jessup (DOBO), second season


Head coach: Jen Hoover
Fourth season
57-70 at Wake Forest and 77-83 overall
Assistants: Mike Terry
Cayle Coats Fulks
Clarisse Garcia
Dane Sparrow (DOBO)

Opponent profile: Wake Forest
• The Demon Deacons enter Thursday’s contest with a 16-15 overall record and 6-10 mark during Atlantic Coast regular-season play.
• Charlotte and Wake Forest have met 13 times over the years, including two previous clashes in the WNIT.
• The 14 all-time contests between the two schools ties for the third most by the Niners against a current ACC opponent, matching the mark of Clemson. Only Louisville (27 times) and Virginia Tech (24) have been on the Charlotte docket more frequently among the current ACC membership.
• The last regular-season meeting between the two programs came Nov. 28, 2014, at the Triple Crown Cancun Challenge Mayan Tournament in Riviera Maya, Mexico.
• The 49ers’ last victory in the series marked the longest game in program history, a three-overtime affair inside the on-campus Belk Gym Dec. 19, 1993.

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Niner Nuggets

• The 49ers are making their 13th postseason appearance in the last 14 years, and 14th overall in school history, with this season’s WNIT berth. Charlotte will play host to Wake Forest at 7 p.m. Thursday in First Round action inside Halton Arena.
• The 13 postseason appearances in the last 14 years ties for the most by any current member of Conference USA. Only Middle Tennessee, which earned the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2016, has at least 13 postseason showings during the span.
• Charlotte will be competing in its 11th all-time WNIT where it owns an overall record of 10-10. The Niners appeared in the tournament five-straight years from 2004-08 and again from 2010-14.
• Thursday’s contest will mark the 14th overall meeting in the series with the Demon Deacons and third during WNIT action. The last time the two programs met in the WNIT was 2012, the first postseason contest under head coach Cara Consuegra.
• Charlotte and Wake Forest last squared off during regular-season play Nov. 28, 2014, at the Triple Crown Cancun Challenge Mayan Tournament in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Triple Crown Sports is also the organization which runs the WNIT.
• Consuegra has led the 49ers to four postseasons in her five years in charge of the program. She has tied Karen Aston (2008-11) for the most postseasons by a head coach in program history.
• Consuegra enters Thursday’s contest with 91 victories on her resume, third most in school history. She needs two to tie her boss, and current Charlotte director of athletics Judy (Wilkins) Rose, for second place on the all-time list. Rose accumulated 93 triumphs in charge of the program as its first coach from 1976-82.
• The Niners lineup, which features five double-digit scorers, placed four players on the postseason All-Conference USA Teams, the second highest total in the league and trailing only the five by regular-season champion UTEP. Senior Alexis Alexander and junior Lefty Webster earned All-Conference USA Second Team honors, while Grace Hunter and Laia Raventós garnered All-Conference USA Freshman Team accolades to give the 49ers the most representation on the five-player squad. Consuegra also was included in the inaugural Conference USA Coaches Circle, given to head coaches who received at least one vote for the league’s coach of the year.