Murfreesboro, Tennessee – Despite holding Middle Tennessee’s shooting percentage to just 12% in the first quarter, Charlotte’s women’s basketball was triggered by a 3-point shot in Conference USA’s 71-46 loss Thursday night 2 Couldn’t beat the timely runs of the innings.
“The first thing I want to say is that I don’t think this score shows how well we played in this game,” the head coach began. Cara Consuegra“We went down to three in the third quarter, but we were very strong and executed our defensive game plan pretty well. We improved today.
great start again
Charlotte (5-6, 1-1 C-USA) got off to a great start on Thursday night, leading 16-11 after 10 minutes. Kiana Rembert Started the night with 30 seconds of the night before the first 4 points from Dadia Lawrence and two Jada McMillian After the same trio extended their lead to 13-9 with 2:09 remaining, McMillian closed out the quarter with a 3-point play for a 5-point lead. Charlotte’s defense is phenomenal, and in the middle he holds Tennessee (9-2, 2-0) just off the floor. On the other side he had a shooting percentage of 64%.
2Q run for hosts
Jaycee Busic Hit corner 3 at the 8:16 mark in the second to put a 6-point lead ahead Tracy Houston A layup at the 7:45 mark kept the Niners ahead at 21-16. After Houston’s bucket, the Blue Raiders closed out the period with a 15-2 run, holding the Niners no points for seven minutes until Lawrence broke it with a layup 32 seconds before the break.
reduced by three-thirds
Charlotte fought back in the third, cutting the lead to just three before the Blue Raiders finished with a 7–0 run, hitting several triples in the process. Maia McGraw Busick had buckets in a row before hitting a big three out of the corner. Houston, and 3 from Tamia Daviscutting to 41-38 before the run to end the third.
Middle Tennessee used a 10-2 start to keep the momentum going with McGraw’s pair of free throws offering only two points in the first five minutes. Near Young hit the jumper in just 3 minutes angel middletonmade his season debut and provided the final points from the Charity Stripes with 103 seconds remaining.
McMillian led the Niners on the night with nine, followed by seven from Rembert and Lawrence and six from McGraw and Busick. Charlotte shot 39% against his 37.5% for Tennessee in the middle that night, but the Blues used his 3-pointers on his sevens and free throws for his 39.5%. From the line he scored a whopping 16 points.
Ruston is waiting
Charlotte is now heading to Ruston, Louisiana, to face Louisiana Tech on Saturday to close out the road trip and calendar year. Tipping time is set for 3:00 PM ET.