49ers notes and news:
-- Charlotte’s men’s basketball team isn’t going to the most ideal place Saturday to try and break a two-game Atlantic 10 losing streak. The 49ers have never won at George Washington’s Smith Center in the seven years they have been in the league, going 0-4. That includes a 74-57 loss there last season. The Colonials (7-11, 2-2) are also playing better, as an 18-point victory against Richmond on Wednesday attests. The 4,300-seat Smith Center is one of the league’s smaller arenas.
-- The 49ers women (12-6, 4-0) are off to a rousing Atlantic 10 start, winning their first four games as they prepare for an important home contest Saturday against St. Bonaventure (17-2, 4-0). It hasn’t all been easy for new coach Cara Consuegra, who indefinitely suspended junior forward Paige McCallum seven games into the season for undisclosed reasons (McCallum was suspended twice last season by then-coach Karen Aston for disciplinary reasons). Center Jen Hailey is having an all-conference year, averaging nearly a double-double (13.8 ppg, 9.3 rpg). Shooting guard Epiphany Woodson has been coming off the bench recently and is scoring at a 12.8 ppg clip. Consuegra hasn’t been shy about experimenting with the lineup: Point guard Jai Forney is the only player to start all 18 games.
-- Charlotte’s national runner-up men’s soccer team got another boost Thursday when defender Isaac Cowles was invited to the Colorado Rapids’ training camp. Forward Evan James (Montreal) and defender Charles Rodriguez (D.C. United) were drafted by Major League Soccer teams last week. Cowles was the defensive MVP in the College Cup.