Take Lead, Power Ahead

YUMA, Ariz. – The Arizona Western College women’s basketball team (20-8 overall, 15-5 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) stormed out of the gate against Scottsdale Community College (6-22 overall, 3-17 ACCAC) on Wednesday night, and the Lady Mats never looked back. AWC turned a 14-0 lead into an 84-46 win. Ten players scored for AWC.

The win keeps AWC in the hunt for the second seed in the Region I Playoffs. Coming into the day, the Lady Mats were tied with Central Arizona, but AWC holds the tiebreaker with two games left. This is the 13th time the Lady Mats have reached 20 wins in team history.

Josselyn Morris powered Arizona Western early and scored six of the team’s first 10 points. Gloria Mulumba and Aimee Brett each scored a bucket, and the Lady Mats led 14-0 four minutes in.

Scottsdale scored, but AWC stayed on the attack and pushed the lead to 21-5 on a Theyoung Puoy layup. The Artichokes battled back and ended the first quarter on a 7-2 run to cut the AWC lead to 23-12 after one quarter. RJ Blackburn scored six of her career-high 13 points in the quarter for AWC.

AWC locked down on defense in the second quarter and only gave up seven points. Meanwhile, six players scored to push the Lady Matador lead to 40-19 at the half. Gloria Mulumba had eight of her 14 in the first half and snagged 13 rebounds for her second straight double-double.

Arizona Western dropped in three’s from all over the floor in the third quarter to blow the game wide open. Rei Imamura hit a pair of triples, and the Lady Mats hit six as a team.

Seven players scored in the third for AWC as the team continued to spread the ball around. No player hit more than two shots, and Arizona Western outscored Scottsdale 27-14 to take a 67-33 to go into the fourth quarter.

AWC slowed down some in the fourth quarter, but it didn’t matter. Morris was the only player to hit multiple shots as seven players again scored points for the Lady Mats in the frame. Morris led the team with 15 points and added seven rebounds, three assists and four steals.

The Lady Mats are headed to Chandler-Gilbert on Saturday afternoon for the second-to-last game of the season. Tip-off is at 2:00 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on 560 AM KBLU.

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 2,300 certificates and degrees in 2016-17.

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