CHARLOTTE -- Winthrop suffered its worst defeat of the season in an 82-45 loss at Charlotte on Saturday evening at Halton Arena.
After building a big lead at halftime, Charlotte (9-7) came out of the locker room on fire, connecting on 18-of-31 shots from the field (58 percent). The 49ers hit four of their first eight shots to open up a 46-22 lead. After missing two shots in a row, Charlotte hit its next seven shots and led by 37. With the loss, Winthrop suffers its third straight loss and falls to 8-6 on the year.
"They were too fast, too quick and too ready to play against us today," Winthrop coach Bud Childers said. "Their quickness to the ball and on the offensive boards we were way beyond what we were ready for."
Controversy struck the beginning of the first half and the Eagles never seemed to recover. After a Shelly Hankins turnover, Hankins retreated back on defense and tried to get back to stop Charlotte in transition. Hankins tried to step in front of Sabrina Gregory on a fast break, but was whistled for the foul. However, the foul was credited to Ashley Fann, who was trailing the play. The foul wasn't noticed right away until Fann was whistled for two fouls in a span of six seconds and was subbed out of the game after getting in foul trouble early. But after they announced it as her third foul, the coaches and referees huddled around the scorebook to discuss the situation, but the foul was never changed. Therefore, Fann was forced to sit the remainder of the first half.
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"After we had a few of those issues go against us in the first half we were a little overwhelmed," said Childers. "Defensively, we were not guarding people, matching up or getting back down the floor and getting organized. Charlotte is a good team. They have a nice blend of speed and a nice post player that causes trouble. I guess we were just overmatched tonight, and we'll go back to the drawing board and try and get ready for Longwood."
Winthrop trailed 5-3 at that point and tied the game after an Yvonne van Daalen jumper on the baseline. A free throw by Gregory put the 49ers back up 6-5. Neither team could score over the next three minutes until Shannon McCallum drained a 3-pointer to make it 9-5. That started a 19-5 run over the next nine minutes.
Winthrop will end its four-game road trip on Wednesday as it travels to Farmville, Va., to take on Longwood at 7 p.m.
WINTHROP EAGLES (8-6)
Fann, Ashley 7-11 1-3 16; Davenport, Franchesca 4-7 0-0 8; van Daalen, Yvonne 2-13 2-2 7; Haugtvedt, Ashley 2-4 2-4 6; Scott, Sarah 1-2 0-0 3; Hankins, Shelly 1-4 0-0 3; Walker, Jennifer 1-3 0-0 2; Ryska, Kathi 0-1 0-0 0; Fansler, Jessica 0-1 0-0 0; Rodd, Tiffany 0-4 0-0 0; Cole, Shanice 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 18-52 5-9 45.
CHARLOTTE 49ERS (9-7)
3-point goals--Winthrop 4-16 (Scott 1-2; van Daalen 1-4; Fann 1-1; Hankins 1-3; Fansler 0-1; Rodd 0-2; Cole 0-1; Haugtvedt 0-1; Davenport 0-1), Charlotte 9-20 (Ray 4-8; McCallum 3-6; Hoey 2-2; Jones 0-4). Fouled out--Winthrop-None, Charlotte-None. Rebounds--Winthrop 33 (Fann 6), Charlotte 47 (Burgin 11). Assists--Winthrop 10 (Haugtvedt 2; van Daalen 2), Charlotte 22 (Gregory 4; McCallum 4). Total fouls--Winthrop 20, Charlotte 14. Technical fouls--Winthrop-None, Charlotte-TEAM. A-1206