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Lefty Webster, Charlotte 49ers women revving up new offense

It’s uncomfortable for coach Cara Consuegra, but Charlotte 49ers women’s basketball standout Lefty Webster says the team’s new offense is “a lot of fun.”

Consuegra, whose teams have run patterned offenses in her first four seasons at Charlotte, has changed gears this season. When the 49ers tip off their season at 5:30 p.m. Friday against Ball State in the opener of a women’s-men’s doubleheader at Halton Arena, Charlotte will be running a free-flow offense.

“I’ve been more of a set offense type of person, but this will be a motion offense and we’ll open the floor a lot,” Consuegra says. “It’s a change for me.”

Armed with a talented group of guards, Consuegra says she could have four backcourt players on the floor at times. She says Webster, a 5-foot-8 junior, is a key part of the new offense.

“For us to succeed, she will have to play well offensively and defend,” says Consuegra, whose team was 15-17 last season.

Consuegra says it has taken Webster “a while to get used to the spotlight.”

That spotlight is on her again this year. Webster was named to the All-Conference USA preseason team and is the 49ers’ leading returning scorer (14 points a game).

“I’m having a lot of fun with the offense,” Webster says. “It creates more space, and we have a lot of offensive threats. Anyone who’s capable of bringing the ball up the court can do so.

“The rest of us get down the floor as quickly as possible.”

Webster, whose actual first name is Danielle, says she got her nickname as an 11-year-old, from a friend who thought her left-handed shot was unusual. Webster earned all-state honors at Norfolk (Va.) Christian before being recruited to Charlotte.

She was named to the conference’s all-freshman team two years ago and was a second-team all-conference pick last season, when she scored more than 20 points six times.

“I think we’re going to be a lot of fun to watch this year,” Webster says. “I can’t wait.”

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