Mats Basketball Hosting Tohono O'odham Saturday

YUMA, Ariz. – It’s never easy the second time through ACCAC play, but the Matador Basketball teams seek a pair of victories when Tohono O’odham visits The House Saturday.

The Women tip-off at 5:30pm and the Men’s game follows immediately at 7:30pm

For the men, it’s a chance at their second season sweep in as many tries coming off a 93-90 win Wednesday against Central Arizona.

The Mats are in the top half of the conference in almost every primary statistic but have made their mark recently shooting nearly 50% from the field, sparked in the last home-stand by Freshman guard Cash Williams who has his two highest scoring games in his collegiate career.

Williams led the way with 27 points on Wednesday and has been a consistent scoring threat throughout the home-stand.

Tohono O’odham is in the midst of an eight game losing streak while falling to 2-18 on the season. Guard Marcel Dean is the Jegos leading scorer at 12.5 ppg and represents much of what Tohono O’odham tries to do via the three-point shot. The Jegos are 4th in the conference in three-point attempts but last in three-point percentage. The Mats defense remains the best against perimeter shooting in the ACCAC.

The Women’s game will tip things off and the Lady Mats are looking for revenge after a 84-79 loss in November.

AWC is also in need of strong play after falling to 5-7 in ACCAC play after Wednesdays loss to Central Arizona.

The Lady Mats couldn’t sustain their strong shooting from deep from the first half into the second, being outscored by 10 in the third quarter of Wednesday’s game. Vinyet Garcia continues to scorch the nets, hitting all three of her attempts from deep against Central. She is 14 of her last 29 from three throughout January.

To avenge their November loss at the hand of the Jegos, the Mats will have to contain the ACCAC’s most active three-point shooting team. Tohono O’odham has four different players who average taking 4 three pointers per game and all four hit at over a 30% clip.

Stephanie Teller and Ana Martinez each had a trio of three’s when the Jegos knocked off the Mats in November.

Tickets are only $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and military members. Children 12 and under and AWC students and staff (with current school ID) get in for FREE!

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.


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