WBB: McCombs Scores Career-High 24 Points In St. Aug Win Over Lincoln (Pa.)
Posted January 12, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Freshman guard Regime McCombs (Greenville, S.C.) heated up at the right time for Saint Augustine’s University.
McCombs scored a career-high 24 points as the Lady Falcons toppled Lincoln (Pa.) University 67-53 in a CIAA women’s basketball contest at Emery Gymnasium on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.
The win was the second in a row for the Lady Falcons, who upped their record to 7-7 overall and 3-2 in the CIAA. The Lady Lions fell to 6-9 overall and 2-3 in the CIAA.
McCombs scored 14 points in the second half including several big buckets. Her jumper at the 8:07 mark pushed the Lady Falcons’ lead back to double digits at 44-33 after the Lady Lions had chopped a 13-point halftime deficit to two by scoring the first 11 points of the second half.
Her three-pointer with 6:41 left stretched the Lady Falcons’ lead to 49-35 with 6:41 remaining. The Lady Lions managed to get within single digits again late in the contest, but McCombs canned another three with under two minutes left for a 58-47 lead to put the game away for the Lady Falcons. For good measure, she hit a three right before the final horn sounded for the final score.
Led by McCombs off the bench, the Lady Falcons’ reserves outscored the Lady Lions’ reserves 49-19. McCombs leads the Lady Falcons in scoring and is one of the best three-point shooters in the CIAA and Division II even though she is not a starter. Her previous career-high was 23 points against Division I Winthrop on Dec. 8, 2012.
“She hit shots at critical times and it changed our momentum,” St. Aug Head Coach Rachel Bullard said. “Regime definitely did her thing today as far as hitting shots and giving us good minutes. She works hard and keeps a positive attitude. She is a not a starter, but that does not matter to her.”
Freshman guard Porscha Walton (Chesterfield, Va.) added nine points and three steals, and freshman forward Terri Jacobs (McDonough, Ga.) added six points and six rebounds. Sophomore guard Jasmine Cuffee (Norfolk, Va.) also scored six points and freshman guard Jeanne-Marie Wilson (Temple Hills, Md.) had five points and seven rebounds. It was her three-point play off an offensive rebound which halted an 11-0 run by the Lady Lions which chopped a 13-point Lady Falcons’ halftime lead to two points.
Tahlar McIntosh scored 16 points and Alaysia Washington added 10 points for the Lady Lions, who struggled on offense against the Lady Falcons. The Lady Lions shot 27 percent including 17 percent in the first half when they only managed five field goals. The Lady Lions also coughed up the ball 37 times, the most by an Lady Falcons’ opponent this season.
“At the end of the day, defense is the key for us,” Bullard said. “Because we are a small team, we need to be scrappy, get active and pick up loose ball which we did today.”
Offensively, the Lady Falcons shot 29 percent but took advantage of 35 Lady Lion fouls to score from the free throw line. The Lady Falcons made 28 of 45 free throw attempts. They hit the same number of free throws as the Lady Lions attempted.
The Lady Falcons were relentless on defense in the first half. They consistently denied entry passes inside the lane which prevented the Lady Lions from getting easy shots. As a result, the Lady Lions struggled from the floor. By playing aggressive defense, the Lady Falcons raced to a 31-18 halftime lead. It helped offset 31 percent shooting from the floor on 8 of 26 shooting. The 18 points scored by the Lady Lions is a season low, breaking the mark of 19 points set by Bowie State on Thursday.
The Lady Falcons benefitted from reaching the free throw bonus with 8:54 left in the first half. They made 13 of 22 free throws which helped increase their lead from four to 13 in the first 20 minutes.
McCombs sparked the Lady Falcons with 10 first-half points. She was the only Lady Falcon in double figures. Walton added six points while sophomore forward Briana Arrington (Richmond, Va.) added four points and four rebounds. Terri Jacobs also scored four points as the Lady Falcons outscored the Lady Lions 20-0 in bench points. For Lincoln, McIntosh scored nine points and pulled down six rebounds in the first half.
The Lady Falcons will be looking for their third win in a row on Monday, January, 12, when they host Virginia Union University at 5:30 p.m. This will be the third of five consecutive home games for the Lady Falcons.
“It is about our attitude,” Bullard said about the current win streak. “Attitude reflects leadership. I always tell the ladies that a team with a positive attitude that gives a positive effort will come out on top no matter what. At this point in our season, if we can be there mentally, we will be OK.”
The contest against Virginia Union will be televised locally by campus station WAUG-TV on Time Warner Cable 168. Fans can also follow the game via live stats on www.saintaugfalcons.com<http://www.saintaugfalcons.com/>.