The Charlotte women's basketball team (2-0) travels to Raleigh, N.C., to take on No. 10 North Carolina State (3-0) on Wednesday, Nov. 16.
The 49ers are off to a 2-0 start for the first time since the 2019-20 season. The team boasted wins against App State and Coppin State last week.
Head Coach Cara Consuegra said she is excited about the team's start.
"I liked our response to adversity. I thought both games brought different types of difficulties. I thought we showed great character, great resilience, and what a championship team should be," said Consuegra.
This will be the eighth all-time matchup with the series dating back to the 1978-79 season.
The Wolfpack are 7-0 against the 49ers. The last contest came in December 2015 when the 49ers fell 72-65.
Scouting the 49ers
The 49ers have been led by redshirt sophomore guard Dazia Lawrence this season. She is averaging 20 points, nine rebounds and two assists in two games. Lawrence's performance led to her being named Conference USA (C-USA) Player of the Week.
Q4 | 4:59 We've got it down to 11 on this TRIPLE from Dazia! She's got a career-high 25 on the night with 8 boards!APP - 72CLT - 61📺 ESPN+💻 https://t.co/gH4DlXyfan📻 https://t.co/Qhs1pdzAuB📊 https://t.co/9TrnN5UUst#GoldStandard | #playwithHEART pic.twitter.com/adHxXZIGNF— Charlotte Women's Basketball (@CharlotteWBB) November 9, 2022
The 49ers will be relying on her production in the contest.
Redshirt freshman transfer Keanna Rembert has made an impact on the team. She is averaging 10 points and six rebounds while winning C-USA Freshman of the Week.
🚨 AWARDS TIME 🚨2-0 makes it 2-for-2!After a stellar couple of games to open up the season, Dazia has been named PLAYER of the Week in C-USA with Keanna earning FRESHMAN of the Week honors!!!STORY HERE: https://t.co/cUIKjHwEyx#GoldStandard | #playwithHEART pic.twitter.com/cCxPpXc2G1— Charlotte Women's Basketball (@CharlotteWBB) November 14, 2022
Consuegra said both players earned the honors.
"I think it's great. Both of those players greatly deserved those honors," said Consuegra. "Dazia, we've talked about a lot in the preseason about how good I think she can be. Keanna, same thing. She's working hard and doing everything she can to improve. I also know those honors don't come without a great team. It's a great credit to all of us."
Fifth-year guard Mikayla Boykin brings veteran leadership to the team. Boykin is averaging 19.5 points per game and has been the floor general for the 49ers.
Scouting the Wolfpack
The Wolfpack are 3-0 to start this season with wins over Quinnipiac, Elon and Mount St. Mary's.
Junior guard Diamond Johnson leads the Wolfpack. She is averaging 13 points and five rebounds to start the season. Johnson is the reigning ACC sixth player of the year.
The 49ers will look to slow down Johnson in the contest.
Junior guard Madison Hayes is averaging 10.3 points and 6.3 rebounds for N.C. State. She has significantly jumped from her sophomore campaign, where he averaged 2.3 points and 2.9 rebounds.
Keys to a Charlotte victory
The first key for Charlotte is to get off to a quick start. The 49ers trailed after the first quarter in both of their first two games.
Against App State, the 49ers overcame a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit to win the game in double overtime. The team also trailed Coppin State 15-7 after the first 10 minutes.
Charlotte will have to get a quick start against nationally ranked N.C. State to pull the upset.
The 49ers will need to shoot efficiently from three in the contest. The team has gone 9-25 beyond the arc, which is a respectable 36%. Three-point shooting will decide the outcome of the game.
Looking to gameday
Charlotte will travel to Raleigh, N.C., to take on No. 10 N.C. State on Wednesday, Nov. 16. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. inside James T. Valvano Arena at William Neal Reynolds Coliseum. The game will be available to stream on ACC Networks.
GAME DAY! Did someone say ROAD TRIP?! Hey #NinerNation, we need you in Raleigh tonight! 🆚 #10 NC State⏰ 7pm📍 Raleigh, N.C.📺 ACCNX💻 https://t.co/WwQ1IpenmR📻 https://t.co/lQZ6juWGij📊 https://t.co/C0x1mweziM#GoldStandard | #playwithHEART pic.twitter.com/qT9kCJrpjR— Charlotte Women's Basketball (@CharlotteWBB) November 16, 2022