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Charlotte 49ers to face 5 Power 5 teams in women’s basketball in 2017-18

Cara Consuegra is entering her seventh season as the women’s basketball coach at Charlotte. The 49ers will open their season Nov. 10 at home against Duquesne.
Cara Consuegra is entering her seventh season as the women’s basketball coach at Charlotte. The 49ers will open their season Nov. 10 at home against Duquesne. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

Five games against Power 5 conference opponents are on the Charlotte 49ers’ women’s basketball schedule, the school announced.

The 49ers, coming off a 21-10 season, will face the Big Ten’s Wisconsin, Iowa and Rutgers, along with Wake Forest of the ACC and Arkansas of the SEC. The Rutgers’ game will be at home, and the contest against Iowa will be in a Thanksgiving tournament in Puerto Rico.

The 49ers, under coach Cara Consuegra, will open their season with a home Nov. 4 exhibition against Coker, and then a home contest Nov. 10 against Duquesne. The Conference USA opener is at home Jan. 4 against Southern Mississippi.

2017-18 schedule:

Nov. 4: Coker (exhibition); Nov. 10: Duquesne; Nov. 12: at Wisconsin; Nov. 16: Rutgers; Nov. 18: at UNC-Asheville; Nov. 23: Iowa (in Fajardo, Puerto Rico); Nov. 25: South Dakota State (in Fajardo, Puerto Rico); Nov. 30: at East Carolina.

Dec. 3: Coppin State; Dec. 7: at Arkansas; Dec. 18: at Wake Forest; Dec. 21: at Davidson; Dec. 28: S.C. State; Dec. 30: Mercer.

Jan. 4: Southern Mississippi; Jan. 6: at Old Dominion; Jan. 11: at UTEP; Jan. 13: at North Texas; Jan. 20: Rice; Jan. 25: at Southern Mississippi; Jan. 28: at Middle Tennessee.

Feb. 2: Marshall; Feb. 4: Florida International; Feb. 10: Texas-San Antonio; Feb. 15: at Louisiana Tech; Feb. 17: at UAB; Feb. 23: at Western Kentucky; Feb. 25: Middle Tennessee.

March 1: Old Dominion; March 3: Florida Atlantic; March 7-10: Conference USA Tournament, at Frisco, Texas.

49ers hire cross country coach

Joseph Lynn, a former head coach at Miami (Ohio) and Missouri, was named coach of Charlotte’s men’s and women’s cross country programs.

Lynn also will serve as assistant to track and field coach Bob Olesen, concentrating on distance events. During the 2016-17 school year, Lynn coached at Miami, which was the only Division I program in Ohio with an NCAA finalist in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.

Lynn also was head cross country coach of both the men’s and women’s programs from 2011-13 at Missouri.

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