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Charlotte 49ers win C-USA women’s tournament opener over Marshall

From Staff Reports

Charlotte senior guard Lefty Webster (21) led the 49ers with a near triple-double effort – 12 points, nine rebounds and nine assists – in Wednesday’s Conference USA tournament game in Birmingham, Ala. The 49ers beat Marshall 71-66 and will play Louisiana Tech on Thursday at 4 p.m.
Charlotte senior guard Lefty Webster (21) led the 49ers with a near triple-double effort – 12 points, nine rebounds and nine assists – in Wednesday’s Conference USA tournament game in Birmingham, Ala. The 49ers beat Marshall 71-66 and will play Louisiana Tech on Thursday at 4 p.m.

- Charlotte locked up a 71-66 first-round win over Marshall on Wednesday to advance to a quarterfinal matchup with Louisiana Tech in the Conference USA basketball tournament.

Two Charlotte seniors reached historic milestones in the game.

Charlotte senior Ciara Gregory topped 1,000 career points, the 23rd player in program history to hit that mark. Gregory ended the day with five 3-pointers and a team-high 19 points.

The 49ers’ Lefty Webster recorded a near triple-double effort – 12 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. With those points, Webster became the school’s fifth-leading career scorer, passing Tonya Phifer (1998-2001). Webster’s career total now stands at 1494.

Marshall turned the ball over only five times (tying a C-USA tournament record) but could not overcome a seven-point halftime deficit.

“It was a gritty win for our team,” Charlotte coach Cara Consuegra said. “... Our kids never folded and stayed strong and stayed together to win the game.”

Charlotte redshirt junior Nyilah Jamison-Myers added 19 points, 15 of which came during the second half. Junior Amaya Ransom added 10 points.

All-Conference USA first-team pick Grace Hunter hauled in a game-high 13 rebounds for the 49ers.

The win marked Consuegra’s second-ever C-USA tournament win. Her first came in 2015 against Marshall.

The 49ers' quarterfinal game tips off Thursday at 4 p.m.

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