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Charlotte women's basketball team after winning their final 2021 regular season game against Southern Miss.

49er basketball is back as the Charlotte women's basketball team strides into the new year, looking for another successful season. 

Last season, we saw a fierce squad as the women's team made their way to a 22-10 overall season with back-to-back wins for a C-USA title and an appearance in the NCAA tournament, where the No. 14 49ers faced off against No. 3 Indiana. 

Though we may see many new fresh faces on the court this season, Head Coach Cara Consuegra has high hopes. 

"We're improving a lot," said Consuegra. "We've got a lot of returning players coming back, but we also have younger players coming in, so we're basically remaking this team, and I have really felt over the last couple of weeks that we are improving tremendously."

Fresh faces

As said by Consuegra, there are a few new players who found their way down the yellow brick roach to Charlotte, N.C. This year includes two new transfers for the forward spot on the team, Tracey Hueston and Keanna Rembert. 

"They're learning fast and hungry to get better," said Consuegra.

Hueston hails from the University of Pittsburgh, where she saw 37 games from 2020 to 2022. The junior, known for her strong rebound game and defensive skills, could play an essential role on the Charlotte team.

Rembert comes in as a freshman recruit from Illinois and previously coming from Raleigh, N.C. Working up from an ecstatic season where she helped lead Millbrook high school to a winning season of 24-7. Rembert managed 21 points and nine rebounds per game at the end of her senior year.

Returning players

The 49er roster features 10 players returning from last season. These are Aylesha Wade, Mya McGraw, Tamia Davis, Nia Young, Dazia Lawrence, Mikayla Boykin, Jada McMillian, Jacee Busick, Kameron Roach and Angel Middleton.

Boykin, McMillian, Busick and Lawrence highlight the list as they step into newer and more prominent roles in the 2022 season. With Octavia Jett-Wilson gone, these players must step up to compensate for the hole left behind. 

As Boykin and McMillian enter their final season, they were both selected for the Conference USA (C-USA) all-preseason team on Oct. 20.

 The 49ers were picked to finish third among C-USA teams with two first-place votes in the coach's poll.

"We're looking forward to the opportunity to defend our title," said Consuegra. "The league is as good as it's been since I've been in Conference USA, so we know that's going to be a really tall task. But being picked third shows the respect other coaches have for our roster. We lost some really great pieces, but we're also bringing some really great pieces back. We're looking forward to competing, growing together and getting better every day." 

Moving forward

Going into the 2022-23 basketball season, Consuegra reiterates her aspirations for the team as they move forward past their previous big win in the Conference. 

"My goal is that the team is constantly growing and getting better, especially for individual players," said Consuegra. 

The 49ers kick off the season on Tuesday, Nov. 8, against Appalachian State. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. inside Halton Arena, with the game available to stream on ESPN+.