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Cara Consuegra is poised to lead the Charlotte womens basketball program for her sixth season in 2016-17 after earning a four postseason appearances among her first five years, including a berth in the 2013 WNIT Sweet 16.
She has positioned the 49ers among the elite programs in Conference USA, earning a coveted top-four seed and double-bye at last years league tournament. The Niners managed that feat despite a depleted roster due to a variety of player injuries and the accomplishments helped earn her a spot among the inaugural Conference USA Coaches Circle.
She has risen the programs all-time wins list quickly, entering this year in third place with her career 91-64 (.587) ledger. She needs only two more victories to tie current director of athletics Judy (Wilkins) Rose for second place and is set to become just the second head coach in school history to reach the century plateau.
Joanne Aluka-White returns to the Charlotte bench as an assistant coach for her fifth season with the 49ers in 2016-17. She has played a vital role in the program reaching the postseason three times since her arrival, including a WNIT Sweet 16 berth in 2013.
As the teams primary coach for the post players, she has groomed a number of players to successful careers. This past season, senior Alexis Alexander capped her career with an All-Conference USA Second Team honor as she finished the campaign as one of just three players in the league to rank among the Top 10 for scoring and rebounding. Classmate Kira Gordon joined the programs 1,000-point club as its 21st member and closed her career as one of the most consistent players in recent memory on both ends of the floor.
Aluka-White has also taken the lead on the teams recruiting efforts, helping to secure all-state signee Lauren Harley in this years class and keeping the Niners in the conversation among some of the best prospects nationally.
Randi Henderson enters her second season as an assistant coach with the Charlotte 49ers in 2016-17, after joining the program in May 2015.
“We are fortunate to be able to welcome a veteran coach like Randi to our 49ers family,” head coach Cara Consuegra said at the time of her hiring. “She brings a very successful pedigree and a wealth of experience that will only add to our mission of developing young ladies who compete at the highest level. More importantly, however, I am impressed by her leadership, character and her ability to connect with players and transform lives.”,
In her first season with the 49ers, Henderson made an immediate impact and helped guide Charlotte to a 19-11 record, top-four Conference USA Championships ranking and one of the best offensive campaigns in program history. The 49ers topped the league in scoring (74.7 ppg) and field goal percentage (45.5), finishing among the Top 25 nationally in both categories.
Entering her fourth year with the Charlotte womens basketball program in 2016-17 is assistant coach Nicole Woods. Woods has helped guide the 49ers to two postseason appearances during her tenure with the program.
Woods has overseen the development of a number of star guards for the program, including two-time All-Conference USA choice Lefty Webster. Webster has earned a reputation around the league for being a threat on both ends of the floor. She became only the 10th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points in three seasons or less, while adding a team-high 62 steals on the defensive end.
Grace Hunter made an immediate impression as a rookie last year, garnering All-Conference USA Freshman Team accolades. The hard-nosed player played an integral role for the Niners during the league campaign, winning a program-record five Conference USA Freshman of the Week honors as she became a factor in the high-octane offense. She played her best games against the best competition, including a career-high 32 in the double-overtime matchup at regular-season league champion UTEP in late February.