The Charlotte 49ers defeated their Conference USA rival Old Dominion on Thursday, Feb. 20 by a score of 63-59. Jada McMillian had 17 points and five assists shooting 8-19 from the field and 1-4 from three-point range.
The 49ers got off to a slow start trailing 16-4 with just over two minutes to play in the first quarter. Charlotte fought back and trailed 16-13 at the end of the first quarter due to a 9-0 scoring run to end the quarter.
Old Dominion’s Taylor Edwards led her team in scoring with 29 points, 10 of those coming in the second quarter alone. The second quarter was back and forth with both teams shooting at a high level and playing very efficiently. Charlotte won the second quarter 16-15 and trailed by two going into halftime.
Charlotte gained control midway through the third quarter after going on a 10-0 run with 4:49 to play in the quarter. The Niners scored 21 points in the third quarter and led by eight points going into the fourth.
Old Dominion fought back in the fourth quarter trailing only by two with 2:26 left in the game. After trading two-point baskets, ODU trailed 61-59. Cristian Hithe took a big charge and took possession back for the 49ers with just under a minute to play. Hithe drove the ball to the rim and got fouled. She hit both free throws to ice the game.
Old Dominion ended the game with two players in double figures. ODU shot 40.7 percent from the field and 23.5 percent from three-point range.
Charlotte ended the game with four players in double figures, shooting 42.6 percent from the field and 36.4% from three-point range.
“I am incredibly proud of the effort they put in, not just this game but the past few weeks," Head Coach Cara Consuegra said after the game.
She went on to say that her team showed perseverance due to the way the game got started but they fought through the first half well.
“To be down by only two at halftime, I thought that was as important as anything else we did the second half,” Consuegra said.
When McMillian was asked about her facilitating and moving the basketball around, she said, “When we are moving the ball it is beautiful, we share the ball and we are always looking for each other.”
Coach Consuegra said it is going to take everything they have and they still have a tough road ahead of them. Consuegra went on to say this is the best “player-led” team she might have ever coached and that her players have been all in. In her final remarks, she said she has had a lot of fun coaching this group of players.
Charlotte has four more games before the conference tournament and looks to finish the season strong. They will look to continue their win streak when they take on Southern Miss on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 5 p.m.