Women's Basketball | 01/23/2021

Lady Mats fall to USUE


Taylorsville, Utah – The Arizona Western Lady Matador’s trip to Utah ended in a 83-60 loss to the Utah State University Eastern Eagles Saturday morning.

AWC fell victim to a few rough stretches but started neck and neck for the second game with the Eagles

The Matadors found a balanced attack that kept them within two at the half. 8 different players scored at least one field goal as AWC trailed 37-35 at the break.

Arizona Western let the deficit slip to nine midway through the third period. But Mizha Gilberto nailed a three and Faith Silva added a bucket spurring a strong run to pull the game to a 52-51 score.

But a 13-0 run by USUE reset the lead for the Eagles.

Ultimately, the Matadors couldn’t repeat the shooting showcase from Thursday night as USUE shot over 40% from three, while the Matadors shot just 24% from long range.

Buse Utku led with 14 points for the Matadors while Faith Silva chipped in 13.

Arizona Western is 0-3 to start the year while USUE improves to 2-0.

The Lady Matadors will return to Arizona with the week to prepare for conference play, but the Mats open with the 6th ranked Central Arizona Vaqueras Saturday afternoon at 2:00pm in Coolidge, Arizona. Livestream information will be made available.

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.