Sunday, January 13, 2013

HALF: Charlotte 28, Fordham 25

A quick note before sifting through the first half: As it turns out, despite what my eyes told me, the official statistician did not credit Jenn Hailey with a block during the first half.  That puts what is still a 26-game streak of logging at least one block in every game since last January still on the line.  

Meanwhile Charlotte has got to be wondering how they are only up by 3.  The 49ers have 14 offensive rebounds.  14!  On the other side of the scoresheet, Fordham has 14 rebounds in total.  But Charlotte has found itself struggling to remember how to sink lay ups on multiple occasions, and the mid-range jumpers which have never been a huge strength (unless wide open) aren't falling.  Charlotte is shooting 34.4% from the floor (11-32) and just 1-3 from distance while Fordham is shooting 41.7% (10-24) and is 2-6 from deep.  

Amanda Dowe went scoreless in the first half (0-4 fro the floor), but Charlotte has found nine points from point guard Ny Hammonds who has proven that if she needs to be a scoring option, she is more than capable (see 21 points at UNCW).  If the Rams defense continues to sag off Hammonds, she will (and should) keep shooting and/or driving.  Hammonds went 3-7 from the floor and 3-3 from the line while playing the entire first half.

Time to open the second act inside Halton Arena... 

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