YUMA, Ariz. – The strength of the Arizona Western College women’s basketball team has been its depth and versatility throughout the season. Three players Krisynthia Sampson, Maria Marquez and Mathilde Diop exemplified that depth while earning spots on the All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference and All-Region Teams. Sampson was named to the All-ACCAC and All-Region First Team, while Diop and Marquez both earned spots on the All-ACCAC Third Team and All-Region Second Team.
Sampson is the team’s leading scorer at 11.2 points per game, but the sophomore forward works as a Swiss Army Knife for the Lady Mats. She also averages 6.5 rebounds per game, 2.9 assists per game and 2.4 steals per game. During the year, she scored in double figures 21 times. She worked inside on the block or outside on the perimeter, depending on what the coaches asked her to do.
Diop came in as a freshman and glided around the court as a guard. She averaged 9.5 points per game while leading the team with 3.4 assists per game. At 6’2, Diop could create her own shot while still being able to attack the basket. Plus, she averaged 5.5 rebounds per game and 2.1 steals per game with sticky hands at the top of the team’s press. Like Sampson, Diop could change her game to fit the team’s scheme on a given night.
Marquez spent her sophomore season as a knockdown shooter on the perimeter. She made 39% of her three’s while shooting nearly seven per game, and she averaged 9.8 points per game. The 5’10 guard hit multiple three’s in 21 games, and she averaged 1.9 steals per game after anticipating passes all season.
AWC (22-8 overall, 17-5 ACCAC) finished the regular season second in the conference. The team hosts Eastern Arizona College on Tuesday, March 7 at 7:30 pm for the first round of the Region I Playoffs. No passes will be accepted, and tickets are $5 for adults.
Arizona Western College is one of the top community colleges in Arizona. The college boasts partnerships with all three state universities that include face-to-face classes in Yuma. AWC leads the state in enrollment growth over the past 10 years and handed out more than 2,400 certificates and degrees in 2015-16.