Women's Basketball | 01/22/2021

Offense Stalls in Lady Matadors Loss to SLCC


Taylorsville, Utah – Shooting woes plagued Arizona Western from the beginning of their 86-30 loss to the host Salt Lake Bruins Friday night in Utah

Salt Lake had the upper hand early and raced out to an 8-0 to start the game and the Bruins never looked back.

Mizha Gilberto attempted to settle the offense by drawing a foul before hitting a three one possession later. Hanah Sims added a three but the Bruins held a 15-7 advantage over the Matadors after the first period.

The Bruins widened the lead by controlling the paint and the glass. Awa Sidibe had all of her game-high 19 points by the midway mark in the third.

Ultimately, it was the combination of Salt Lake’s stifling defense and the Matadors difficult shooting night that put the game out of reach in the third, with AWC mustering just 5 points in the period. At the conclusion of the third quarter the Matadors had shot 26% from the field including just 2-10 from three-point range and a rough 7-17 at the line.

Freshman LaKeycia Bables matched the entire third quarter output for AWC with a three and a layup on the first two Matador possessions in the fourth.

The Mats also struggled with the pure size of Salt Lake as the Bruins outrebounded Arizona Western 57-21, including 20 on the offensive glass.

Naelle Bernard also had 19 for Salt Lake.

Christeina Bryan led the Matadors in scoring with seven points as the offense struggled to find a similar rhythm to Thursday night. They finished 3-17 from deep.

The Lady Matadors fall to 0-2 on the season while Salt Lake wins their opener to start 1-0.

Arizona Western will wrap up their trip with a chance to avenge their opening loss to USUE (on Thursday) Saturday morning at 11:00am.

The game can be streamed for purchase at the Scenic West website.

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.