CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte women’s basketball team accomplished several key milestones, goals and achievements throughout the 2012-13 season, on its way to finishing the campaign 26-6 and earning a berth in the WNIT Sweet 16. While senior Jennifer Hailey had the most noteworthy year of any 49er, it was an overall team effort that lifted the program to its various successes.
Charlotte49ers.com recently sat down with head coach Cara Consuegra to get her thoughts on the year that was and also to get her early indications on what’s to come. Periodic updates surrounding the program will be made available throughout the offseason leading into the 2013-14 season when the Niners return to Conference USA in hunt of a 12th-straight postseason appearance.
A complete updated final notes package is also attached to this release with some of the more prominent highlights, in no particular order, listed below.
2012-13 Women’s Basketball
Head Coach: Cara Consuegra
Conference: Atlantic 10
Overall Record: 26-6
Conference Record/Finish: 13-1/2nd
Conference Tournament Result: Lost in quarterfinals to Temple
Post-Season: WNIT Sweet 16
· Jennifer Hailey named to Fullcourt.com Mid-Major All-America Second Team (first All-America honor of any sort since 1992-93)
· February 11 ESPN.com National Team of the Week by Graham Hays
· Ny Hammonds was named to the initial list of Players Making the Buzz for the Nancy Lieberman Award (nation’s top point guard)
· Jai Forney was selected to participate in the WBCA “So You Want To Be A Coach” program at the Final Four in New Orleans
· Jennifer Hailey: Atlantic 10 Player of the Year (second in program history; first since 1986-87)
· Jennifer Hailey: All-Atlantic 10 First Team (first for a Charlotte player since 2005-06)
· Jennifer Hailey: All-Atlantic 10 Defensive Team
· Amanda Dowe: All-Atlantic 10 Third Team
· Ny Hammonds: All-Atlantic 10 Third Team
· Jennifer Hailey: Atlantic 10 Player of the Week (Dec. 31, 2012; Jan. 28, 2013; Feb. 4, 2013; Feb. 11, 2013)
· Amanda Dowe: Atlantic 10 co-Player of the Week (March 4, 2013)
· Paula Bennett (1979-82) was named as the inaugural Atlantic 10 Legend
· Set a single-season school record for home wins with 14, while extending the streak of double-digit home victories to 11-straight years
· Senior class (Dowe, Forney, Hailey) became the winningest class in program history with 87 victories
· Head coach Cara Consuegra won her 42nd game as a 49ers head coach in the WNIT Second Round against Davidson, the most by any Charlotte head coach in his or her first two seasons at the helm of the program
· Consuegra’s 67.7 winning percentage during the course of her two years is also a high for the program by any head coach during his or her first two seasons on the bench
· Seniors Forney and Hailey equaled the school record for games played (130), set by Shannon McCallum (2008-11)
· Ny Hammonds tied the program’s single-game postseason mark for assists with 10 against Appalachian State in the WNIT First Round
· Jennifer Hailey equaled the school’s single-game postseason record for blocked shots with four against Davidson in the WNIT Second Round
· Jennifer Hailey joined the school’s 1,000-point club Nov. 17 against FGCU. She ended her career ranked seventh in program history with 1,453 points and climbed 15 spots after starting the season ranked 22nd
· Jennifer Hailey became just the fourth player in school history with 1,000 career rebounds, hitting the milestone Feb. 13 against Butler and finishing with 1,089 boards to rank fourth
· Jennifer Hailey is the seventh overall basketball player (men’s/women’s) in post 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, ranking seventh in scoring and fifth in rebounding among the group
· Jennifer Hailey set the school career record for blocked shots with 231, eclipsing Adrianne Jordan’s (1998, 2000-02) mark of 207 Feb. 13 against Butler
· Jennifer Hailey closed her career with at least one blocked shot in 44-straight games
· Charlotte held a school-record 10-straight opponents from Dec. 30 through Feb. 6 to less than 60 points, surrendering just 49.8 ppg during the stretch
· Ny Hammonds set the single-season program marks for assists (209) and minutes played (1101)
· Charlotte established a new school record with a 13-game win streak from Jan. 16 through March 3 with each victory coming against Atlantic 10 competition
· The 49ers tied the program mark with six losses, equaling the fewest set previously by the 1978-79, 1979-80 and 1990-91 squads
· Jennifer Hailey bettered her own single-season school record for blocked shots, finishing with 83 to best her mark of 74 set just a season ago
· Participated in the postseason for the 11th-straight year, one of only 12 schools nationally to boast the feat and the lone non-BCS school on the list
· Advanced to the WNIT Sweet 16 for the second time in the last three seasons
· The 26 triumphs this season are the second most in program history, trailing the 27 set by the squad in 2010-11
· Charlotte finished as one of four teams nationally with undefeated record in true road games (11-0), joining Notre Dame, Stanford and Baylor
· Amanda Dowe moved into second (16) and third (12) in the postseason single-game records for rebounds, as she now occupies the top-three spots after her efforts against Appalachian State (WNIT First Round) and Davidson (WNIT Second Round) this year
· The Niners extended their consecutive games streak with at least one 3-pointer to 78 through the WNIT Sweet 16 matchup with Florida
· Head coach Cara Consuegra became just the third head coach in program history to win back-to-back season openers to begin his or her career with the 49ers
· Held North Carolina Central (31) and Colgate (33) to the second and third-fewest opponent point totals, respectively, in a game in program history
· The 49-point margin in the season-opening 80-31 triumph over North Carolina Central tied for 13th largest in school history
· For only the second time in school history the Niners began a season with three-straight victories in back-to-back years, joining the 1993-94 and 1994-95 squads
· Ny Hammonds ranked No. 1 nationally for the first five reporting periods for assists per game. She finished the season handing out an average of 6.7 to place eighth among the nation’s elite
· Jennifer Hailey placed eighth nationally with 22 double-doubles
· Jennifer Hailey became one of 15 players to win at least four career Player of the Week accolades by the conference since Charlotte joined the A-10 in 2005-06
· Of that elite group, she is one of 11 to collect at least four in a single season and just the second to win four outright in a single season
· Hailey is also one of four to garner the honor in at least three-straight weeks
· For the 11th time in program history, the 49ers opened a season with at least an 8-2 record through the first 10 games
· The Niners played host to Education Day Jan. 3 against Coppin State and played in front of a season-high 5,565 patrons in the 70-53 victory
· Ny Hammonds’ career-high 11 assists versus Mississippi Valley State Dec. 30 at the GSU Holiday & Hoops Tournament tied for the eighth-best performance in a single game in school history, were the most by the a 49ers player since 2005 and most since the program joined the Atlantic 10
· Amanda Dowe finished her career with 916 rebounds, placing fifth in school history
· Three home games (Jan. 13 vs. Fordham; Feb. 3 vs. Duquesne; Feb. 17 vs. George Washington) were heard on ESPN 730 AM, the first over-the-air broadcasts in program history with Bobby Rosinki serving as play-by-play and Lanny Ford as the color analyst
· The 49ers handed the first conference losses to Duquesne (Feb. 3) and Saint Joseph’s (Feb. 10) on back-to-back Sundays, while the victory over the Hawks was the lone home conference loss for Saint Joseph’s all season
· The 49ers knocked off six opponents to whom they lost a year ago, including five in Atlantic 10 action
· Charlotte won 20-plus games for the 13th time in school history, needing only 24 games to accomplish the feat and equaling the fewest games needed
· The Niners picked up program victory No. 600 when they defeated VCU Feb. 28 on Senior Night
· Jai Forney buried a 40-footer at the halftime buzzer against VCU, a shot that landed on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays that night, climbing as high as No. 4
· Jennifer Hailey ended her career tied for eighth in program history with 98 starts
· Charlotte earned its first votes since 2002-03 when the March 4 (final regular season) Associated Press poll placed in a 37th-place tie with two points
· The 49ers’ six losses mark the 14th time in program history in which they finished with single-digit setbacks and the first in which it has happened since 2008-09
· Amanda Dowe’s career-best 21 rebounds at Richmond March 3 were the most by a 49ers player since 1987 and the first 20-plus effort by a Niners player since 1990, while ranking in a ninth-place tie on the school’s single-game list
· Jennifer Hailey’s 22 double-doubles this season tie for third on the school’s single-season list, while her 12-straight double-doubles stand alone in third place in program history
· Charlotte faced 12 schools during the regular season which reached the postseason, either the NCAA or WNIT, and the 49ers posted an 8-4 record in those contests· Hillary Sigmon’s 67 3-pointers made and 182 3-pointers attempted both place third in school history for a single season
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