By Matt Chapman, Staff Writer
The Charlotte 49ers women’s basketball team could not pull off a win on Sunday afternoon against the Florida State Seminoles at Halton Arena. The 49ers fought hard for thirty minutes but could not hang around late and ultimately fell by a score of 70-54 dropping their record to 4-2 on the season.
Charlotte hoped to use their “blackout” promotion to energize the team heading into their biggest game of the season thus far. Early on it seemed to be working as the 49ers came out firing on all cylinders. Charlotte used the early momentum to propel themselves to a five point lead after the first eight minutes of play.
Florida State was able to recover from the opening 49er punch by playing shutdown defense for the remainder of the game while forcing Charlotte into numerous, careless mistakes. The 49ers finished the game with 27 turnovers, which made it impossible for the team to get into any sort of rhythm. Charlotte head coach Cara Consuegra commented on her team’s carelessness by saying “It was a disappointing game. We came out and gave a half-hearted effort today.”
After allowing Charlotte to hang around for the majority of the second half, the Seminoles were finally able to put the game away down the stretch. Florida State thrashed any hopes of a Charlotte comeback with a few three-point daggers towards the end from star player Alexa Deluzio. Deluzio paced all scorers on the day with 22 points on 8-12 (66.7%) shooting.
Charlotte will hope to build on a few promising individual performances during Sunday’s contest. Jennifer Hailey continued her stellar play by recording her sixth consecutive double-double, giving her 26 for her career. Hailey led the 49ers with 16 points and 10 rebounds. She also blocked one shot, something she has now done in eighteen consecutive games dating back to last season. The Charlotte forward was visibly worn out afterwards when she stated “This was by far the toughest game we’ve played this year.”
Amanda Dowe struggled with foul trouble throughout the day. Dowe’s absence in the game clearly hurt the 49ers, but the foul trouble did allow freshman forward Alexis Alexander to play her most impressive game thus far in her young career. Alexander scored a career high 8 points and added 4 rebounds.
Charlotte will look to rebound from the loss on Wednesday, Dec. 5, when they travel to UNC Wilmington. The 49ers will face the Seahawks at 5 p.m.