Women's Basketball | 01/09/2016
Cold, Colder, Coldest
YUMA, AZ – An early lead didn’t stick when the Arizona Western College Lady Matadors hosted Scottsdale Community College. The Lady Mats shot 25% from the floor and 22% after halftime before falling 48-43 on Saturday night in Yuma for their fourth straight loss.
Defense kept Arizona Western in the game, and the team took a 35-32 lead into the fourth quarter. Scottsdale opened the fourth quarter with a 6-2 run to take the lead after Kaelin Shaffer hit a jumper to make it 38-37 with 6:30 to go in the game.
Krisynthia Sampson and Laure Assena answered with jumpers to put Arizona Western back on top 41-38, but the Lady Mats would only score two points over the final four minutes of the game.
Shaffer and Kayla Quintana combined to score 13 points in the fourth quarter, and they put Scottsdale up for good with 2:08 to go.
At the start of game, both sides pushed the pace and took plenty of shots, but neither team could score. Halfway through the first quarter, the score was 3-2 after Breannah Bretches made a three. Maria Marquez hit two three’s in the final two minutes of the quarter, and Arizona Western led 12-4 as Scottsdale struggled to score.
In the second quarter, the Lady Mats pushed the lead out to 21-8 after Katarina Maricic hit a three with five minutes to go until halftime.
Scottsdale went on a 7-2 run powered by Jorie Mayfield and Deijon Williams. The lead was cut to 25-17 by the end of the half.
In the third quarter, the lead stayed between six and eight until the final two minutes. Quintana hit a three that cut the lead to 33-32, but Arizona Western closed the quarter with a layup from Sampson to make it 35-32.
Sampson finished with 10 points and was the only Lady Matador in double figures, and she added four rebounds and two blocks. Bretches scored seven points, dished three assists and added three steals.
Shaffer led Scottsdale with 14 points, while Jorie Mayfield added 11 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double. Mayfield also picked up five steals.
The loss dropped the Lady Mats below .500 at 8-9 overall and 3-6 in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference. Scottsdale improved to 10-6 overall and 5-3 in the ACCAC.
Arizona Western kicks off a three game road swing on Wednesday night at Glendale Community College. The Lady Mats tip off at 5:30 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on 560 AM KBLU. The pregame show will go live at 5:20.