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Dowe on a mission to lead Charlotte back to NCAA tournament


Charlotte senior forward Amanda Dowe is a South Columbus graduate and second on the 49ers this season in points, rebounds and blocks. Photo courtesy UNC Charlotte


NBA superstar LeBron James is heralded for his all-around ability on the court in order to help his team win.

 From guarding the other team’s best player, to sacrificing his body for a rebound or loose ball, to making the extra pass for a better shot, he’s improved multiple parts of his game over the years.

On a mission to lead the Charlotte 49ers women’s basketball back to the NCAA tournament, senior Amanda Dowe done the same. A highly touted recruit out of South Columbus High School, Dowe averaged a triple-double as a senior with 19.3 points, 18.2 rebounds and 11.2 blocks per game as a senior, earning first-team All-Area by the Star-News.

Now, she’s part of a versatile and lethal frontcourt for the 49ers, who moved into ESPN.com’s projected bracket for the women’s NCAA tournament this week.

After learning and growing during her first two seasons – and playing in a school-record 37 contests as a sophomore – Dowe had to readjust with a new head coach before her junior season. Cara Consuegra made Dowe one of five players on the team’s leadership group.

“We are her eyes and ears on and off the court,” said Dowe. “Coach counts on us fix it before we take the problem to her. Teammates know they can always come to us. Over the past four years, I have grown into being a leader on the team.”

The 6-foot-4 forward led the Atlantic 10 in rebounding as a junior at 9.3 per game, including 13 times in double figures. And while the team’s season ended with a third consecutive trip to the Women’s NIT, Dowe didn’t dwell on what could have been, but what she and her team are doing now.

“Coach told us to play in the moment not to look back or forward,” said Dowe. “We play in the moment and for each other.”

Charlotte is currently 20-4 and second in the A-10 standings with a 9-1 record. Dowe averages a double-double (11 points and 11.2 rebounds per game) as Charlotte tries to make its first NCAA tournament since 2009 and third trip in program history.

“Every year that’s the plan,” said Dowe. “Win our conference and get a bid into the NCAA tournament. It’s what we talked about back in the summer and continue to work. It would be an honor to make it to the NCAA tourney ... and go out on a good note for my senior year.”