CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte women’s basketball will see its two seniors, Alexis Alexander and Kira Gordon, both receive diplomas from the university this weekend during the annual May commencement ceremonies.
The pair led the 49ers to a 19-11 record this past season, including a coveted top-four double-bye seeding in the Conference USA Championships after posting a 12-6 league mark. Charlotte reached the WNIT, earning the program’s 13th postseason appearance in the last 14 years.
Alexander, who was tabbed the team’s MVP, put together her best season in the Niners uniform on her way to earning All-Conference USA Second Team accolades. She led the squad in scoring (14.6 ppg) and rebounding (8.1 pg), while converting a team-high 54.0 percent of her field goals. She was one of only three players in the league to rank among the Top 10 for scoring and rebounding.
The Atlanta native had a strong return to her hometown in November, collecting MVP plaudits at the GSU Thanksgiving Classic as the 49ers captured the tournament title with triumphs over Mercer and host Georgia State. She averaged 14.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in the two wins.
She also had a career-high 30 points Nov. 15 against Robert Morris, tying for the second most by a Charlotte player inside Halton Arena. Her 30 points mark the ninth time under head coach Cara Consuegra and 43rd time overall in program history in which a 49ers player tallied at least 30 points in a single game. Overall, her seven 20-plus scoring efforts led the Niners this past year.
She completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Gordon highlighted her final campaign with the program by becoming the 21st member of the 1,000-point club. She finished her career with 1,119 points to place 19th on the school’s all-time scoring list after reaching the milestone on her first basket at North Texas Feb. 13.
A consistent threat on both ends of the floor throughout her career, she averaged 11.6 points and 5.4 rebounds as a senior and was one of two 49ers to play at least 1,000 minutes. She continued to develop her all-around game, dropping in a career-best 22 3-pointers in her final year.
She joined Alexander on the All-GSU Thanksgiving Classic Team, averaging 14.0 points and 4.5 rebounds as Charlotte picked up the 12th in-season tournament crown in program history and first since 2008.
The Kennesaw, Georgia, product netted a career-high 24 points against the ACC’s Miami (Fla.) Nov. 23 and hauled in a season-best 12 boards against the regular-season Conference USA champion, at UTEP Feb. 27.
She garnered her bachelor’s degrees in management and marketing as a double major.