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Women’s basketball returns to postseason with WNIT berth

WNIT BRACKET

FORT COLLINS, Colo. –
Charlotte women’s basketball has had its season extended into the postseason for the 13th time in the last 14 years after it was granted a Women’s National Invitation Tournament berth Monday night. The 49ers will face Wake Forest Thursday inside Halton Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, with an official game time announced Tuesday.

Charlotte enters the postseason field with a 19-11 record, having won nine of its last 12 contests. The 49ers are 12-2 on their home floor, putting together a double-digit win campaign inside the building for the 13th time in 14 seasons to coincide with the start the postseason run in 2002-03.

Four members of the roster were recognized with postseason All-Conference USA accolades, including second-team selections Alexis Alexander and Lefty Webster. They were joined by Grace Hunter and Laia Raventós on the all-freshman squad.

Head coach Cara Consuegra also garnered a mention in the inaugural Conference USA Coaches Circle after orchestrating the squad to a 12-6 league mark and the GSU Thanksgiving Classic title. Her 91 career wins place her two shy of tying for second most by any head coach in program history.

She becomes only the second coach in school history to lead the Niners to four postseason appearances, joining Karen Aston (2008-11). Charlotte has played in the postseason four times in Consuegra’s five years with the program.

The 13 postseason berths in the last 14 seasons match current league tournament champion and NCAA automatic bid recipient Middle Tennessee for the most by any active member of Conference USA.

Wake Forest brings a 16-15 record into the contest, including a 6-10 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The six league wins are the most by the Demon Deacons under the direction of Jen Hoover who is making her first postseason appearance as the program’s head coach in her four years.

The Deacs are led in scoring by Amber Campbell, who averages 13.2 points per game. She is one of three players averaging in double digits, also including Ariel Stephenson and Milan Quinn at 12.8 and 10.7 points per game, respectively. Quinn is the team’s leader on the glass, collecting 8.9 rebounds per contest.

Charlotte and Wake Forest have met two times previously in the WNIT, in 2005 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and in 2012 in the Queen City. The latest postseason clash marked the first postseason game in Consuegra’s tenure.

Overall, the two teams have met 13 times over the years but only four contests have been played in Charlotte. The last meeting came Nov. 28, 2014, at the Triple Crown Cancun Challenge Mayan Tournament in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Triple Crown is also the organization which runs the WNIT.

Tickets for Thursday’s tilt can be purchased at Charlotte49ers.com or by calling the ticket office at 704.687.4949.