“It was a big win for us and for our first WNIT win playing in front of a great crowd. Our kits came out to play and we beat a big team. Candace came out ready to go and she did good job of pulling the trigger,” said head coach
Brooks Donald Williams.
LaCombe, a senior from Iota was five of nine from the field with all five baskets coming from three-point range. LaCombe was perfect from the free throw line, making all three attempts.
“McNeese did a really good job of hitting the three's. The baskets they made at the end of the first half were key. They have two of the better guards we have seen all of last year. LaCombe was a big surprise to us,” said Manhattan head coach John Olenowski.
Caitlyn Baggett, Ashlyn Baggett and Kendra Wells also scored in double figures with Caitlyn scoring 17, Ashlyn and Wells both scoring 10 points apiece. Caitlyn was 6 of 9 from the field and 4 for 4 from behind the arc. Ashlyn was 3 of 11 from the field and led all players with nine assist. Wells nearly recorded her second consecutive double-double by grabbing eight boards. Martika Hall grabbed a team high nine rebounds.
Manhattan had two players score in double figures with Monica Roeder and Schyanne Halfkenny scoring 15 and 10, respectively. Lindse Loutsenhizer led the Jaspers with nine rebounds.
McNeese opened the game with a 7-0 lead before the Jaspers would score their first point, that coming from a free throw by Nadia Peters. After two ties, McNeese took the lead for good with 7:33 left in the first half and with 3:25 left, the Cowgirls outscored the Jaspers 8-1 to hold a 39-22 halftime lead.
The Cowgirls continued to build on its lead in the second half and held its largest lead of 28 points with 3:08 remaining in the game.
McNeese ended the game with a 44.4 field goal percent, 52.4 three-point field goal percent and shot 76.9 from the charity stripe. McNeese controlled the boards as they outrebounded Manhattan 41-28 and grabbed 28 defensive boards on the way to victory.