Charlotte/Davidson WBB recap

Charlotte's Molina Williams takes the ball to the basket.

The Charlotte women's basketball team came up short against cross-county rival Davidson's 79-65 on Wednesday, Dec. 22. Davidson shot an impressive 64% from the field in the first half, which catapulted them to victory. 

Head Coach Cara Consuegra had much to say about Charlotte's defensive presence in the contest. The team will look to improve on the defensive side of the ball in the following contests.  

"I think the difference in the game was our defense," said Consuegra after the game. "I am extremely disappointed with our defensive effort in this game."

The Wildcats scored multiple times as the shot clock was winding down, which killed the momentum for the 49ers. Even when the 49ers had good defensive possessions, it was thwarted by a last-second three-pointer or a heavily contested layup. It was 43-36 in favor of Davidson heading into the halftime break. 

The second half did show some promise as the 49ers were able to string together a couple of stops followed by multiple and-one layups by guards Octavia Jett-Wilson and Mikalya Boykin. Boykin had her best performance of the season as she recorded 24 points on 9/19, shooting from the field. 

It was not the performance that will get the 49ers what they ultimately want, and that is a Conference USA title and an NCAA tournament berth.

Charlotte begins conference play next at home against FAU on Dec. 12. Consuegra believes her team can get to the level they need to be, but it takes being disciplined to the scout and playing hard the full 40 minutes.

"We let someone come on our home court and shoot 67%; it is just not acceptable," Consuegra added.

49er Player of the game:

Everyone knows how good the Mikayla Boykin the Duke transfer was coming out of high school. The top prospect was averaging 30+ points and 11+ rebounds a game. It has left the 49er faithful wondering just when we would see that side of Boykin. 

While it was a loss, Boykin stepped up her game as she had 24 points on 9-19 shooting. She shot 3-8 from beyond the three-point line and got to the basket at will in the second half. With her, alongside pre-season C-USA player of the year, Octavia Jett-Wilson, the 49ers are in good hands moving forward.

With the loss, the 49ers fall to under .500 with a record of 4-6 heading into conference play. Consuegra is not worried as she knows how good her team can become. It just takes time when you have a lot of new pieces.

Next Up: 

The 49ers return home to Halton Arena as they open conference play against the Florida Atlantic Owls on Thursday, Dec. 30, at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast on CUSA.tv, and the 49ers are projected to win the conference, so it will be the kickoff of an intriguing second half of the season. 

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