WBB: Free-Throws in Final Seconds Lift Lady Mats

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Two fouls led to four free-throws that twice changed the lead during the final four seconds of the Lady Matadors 64-63 win over the Phoenix College Bears Saturday afternoon.

With Arizona Western leading 62-61 in the final 5 seconds, Mone Izumi missed a pair of free-throw to potentially ice the game.

Lea Mutoni grabbed the rebound for the Bears to allow Phoenix to call its final timeout and advance the ball to half court.

On the inbound, Ava Rauschen of the Bears collided with Arizona Western’s Leila Blackburn drawing a foul call against the Matadors with 1.7 seconds remaining and putting Rauschen at the line.

Rauschen hit both free-throws to give the Bears the lead.

Without any timeouts, the Matadors inbounded the ball to Izumi who was fouled with .3 on the clock.

Izumi nailed both free-throws and the Bears failed to get off a shot as time expired.

The game saw each team take its turn in front.

Chloe Warrington hit seven total three’s including her first four attempts to build the Phoenix three point lead, 17-14, at the end of the first quarter.

Mar Ibern answered with a pair of threes in the second quarter, and the Lady Matadors tied the game at the half, 30 points a piece.

Warrington got hot again in the third, flanked by 11 from Mutoni as the Phoenix led AWC by 3 into the fourth.

But Izumi had 10 of her 13 in the fourth, Ibern finished off a 20 point game, and the Matadors held the lead into the final sequence.

The win is the Lady Mats third in their last four games as they improve to 11-16, 9-10 in ACCAC play. It’s the seventh consecutive loss for Phoenix as the fall to 5-22, 3-16 in ACCAC action as the two teams split the season series.

The Lady Matadors have their next two games at home beginning Wednesday against Glendale. The women will start at 5:30pm and the men will play at 7:30pm. 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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