Women's Basketball | 02/02/2021

WBB: Freshman Guards, Defense Carry Past Cochise



YUMA, Ariz – Stifling defense led to 25 turnovers and clutch, long-range shooting put the Arizona Western Lady Matadors (1-3 overall, 1-0 ACCAC) over the top against perennial conference power Cochise 79-68 Tuesday night at The House.

The win snaps a seven-game losing streak against Cochise dating back to 2016.

The Matadors led after the first quarter, but tightened the clamps in the second forcing a string of turnovers and holding Cochise to just 8 second quarter points. Faith Silva hit a pair of her four threes in the period while ramping up what would end up as 19 steals.

The Matadors found themselves up by 12 at the half before the Apaches made their run in the third behind India Perry. The freshman scored 8 of her 12 points in the period and Cochise cut the difference to just two.

But Lakeycia Bables hit consecutive three’s late in the period, swelling the lead back to 8 to close the period.

It was still neck and neck in the final period as the teams combined for their highest scoring quarter in the fourth.

Imani Mitchell led the way for Arizona Western with a game-high 16 points, adding five rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists.

Bables added 15 total points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

Silva finished with 14 points, 1 rebound, 1 assists, 1 steal.

Arizona Western forced 25 turnovers, 19 of them on steals led by Teresa DaSilva with four. All 10 Matadors that saw the floor had at least one steal.

Perry led the Apaches with 15 points. She also had four steals. Iyana Jenkins had 14 points and 14 rebounds.

Arizona Western has seen a change to their schedule and will now play at Eastern Arizona Friday night for their only other contest of the week. The game will follow the men’s game (men at 5:30pm, women expected at 7:30pm) Both games will be streamed by Eastern Arizona College.

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.