IRVING, Texas – Charlotte women’s basketball guard Grace Hunter earned her school-record fifth Conference USA Freshman of the Week accolade, as announced by the league office Monday. The All-Conference USA Freshman Team selection collected each of her five awards during the league campaign, more than any player or freshman of the week recipient this season.
Hunter, a Raleigh, North Carolina, native continued to score in double figures as she reached the mark in both Charlotte victories this past week to raise her season total to 16.
She nearly posted her seventh double-double, finishing just a rebound shy, as part of her 11-point, nine-board showing against Rice Thursday. She hit 5-of-8 field goals and handed out three assists against the Owls in the triumph that clinched the 49ers the No. 4 seed in the Conference USA Championships.
She then converted 8-of-11 (72.7 percent) of her field goals and 2-of-2 at the foul line for 18 points in Saturday’s regular-season finale triumph against North Texas. She grabbed six more boards, while swiping a steal and adding a blocked shot against the Mean Green.
On the season, Hunter has turned in six double-doubles and her 8.4 rebounds per game during league play tie her for the most by any guard, any class, across the conference. She has started the last 15 games entering this week’s action.
She is also making a big splash among the all-time 49ers freshmen greats, ranking high in several categories. She is currently tied for first for defensive rebounds (134); third for offensive rebounds (75); fourth for points (321), total rebounds (209), field goals made (125), free throws attempted (125) and minutes played (812). Each of those rankings is the most by a rookie during head coach Cara Consuegra’s five seasons.
Hunter’s latest freshman of the week nod gives Charlotte six this year, the most of any school in Conference USA, as she combined with fellow All-Conference USA Freshman Team member Laia Raventós to pick up the half-dozen plaudits. Five of the last six weeks the honor has been bestowed upon either Hunter or Raventós.
Hunter’s five weekly accolades top the previous single-season school mark of four received by Gabby Tyler from the Atlantic 10 in 2010-11. The five honors also tie her for the most by any rookie in the league this year with the Conference USA Freshman of the Year, Middle Tennessee’s Alex Johnson.
She currently is second on the team in rebounding (209/7.2 pg) and fourth in scoring (321/11.1 pg), while adding 35 assists, 23 steals and 16 blocks in 812 minutes (28.0 pg). In league play, she is tied for first in rebounding (151/8.4 pg) and third in scoring (253/14.1 pg) with 26 assists, 18 steals and nine blocks in 595 minutes (33.1 pg).
Hunter and the rest of her 49ers teammates head to Birmingham, Alabama, this week for the Conference USA Championships. Charlotte, with its 19-10 overall and 12-6 league record, has secured a double-bye and No. 4 seed into the quarterfinals, where it awaits its opposition. The Niners are slated to play their first game at approximately 2:30 p.m. ET Thursday inside UAB’s Bartow Arena.