Friday, March 25, 2011

Women's basketball: In it to win it

Thursday's heart-stopping WNIT overtime victory by the 49ers against Florida has given the team a fresh dose of confidence.

As in, as long as they've made it this far -- to the quarterfinals Saturday at Virginia -- they might as well make the most of it.

"After (Thursday)? I think we're thinking about being able to win the WNIT," said Charlotte forward Jennifer Hailey. "Playing in front of that kind of crowd and having it end the way it did, I think we know what we're capable of doing as we finish off this season. We have that feeling from (Thursday) fresh in our minds. So maybe we can make it."

49ers coach Karen Aston sensed that in her team after Charlotte beat South Carolina in the second round. She's also really happy with the leadership she's seeing from the team's only two seniors -- Shannon McCallum and Kendria Holmes.

"It can usually go one of two ways with seniors at this stage," Aston said. "Anytime you're in postseason play and it's the WNIT as opposed to the NCAA, you might be disappointed you didn't make (the NCAA tournament). Sometimes seniors might be thinking they might want to get on with their lives. But ours just want to keep playing basketball. That says volumes about them."

WNIT quarterfinals


Saturday's game

Charlotte (26-9) at Virginia (19-15), 7 p.m.

Sunday’s games

Syracuse (24-9) at Toledo (26-8), 2 p.m.

Arkansas (22-11) at Illinois State (23-10), 2 p.m.

Southern California (22-12) at Colorado, 2 p.m.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this "nugget" about our Lady NINERS. They're working hard, doing well and charting new territory for Charlotte women's b-ball. I'm a proud NINER today.

Anonymous said...

All students, alums, faculty and staff should be proud as heck since our NINERS beat UVa at UVa tonight and now on to the Women's NIT FINAL FOUR!! Outstanding and GO NINERS......absolutely GREAT

Anonymous said...

HOWEVER, I just looked on the front page of the e-Observer and there's NOTHING about the NINERS yet the Arizona-UCONN game gets front page.......what a shame and shame on the Observer

MichaelProcton said...

Here's the problem, 9:20: the Observer is a for-profit venture, and as such, they have to move copy. To do that, they have to report and feature newsworthy items that are actually, you know, relevant to people. The UNCC women's basketball team is not one of those items.