Women's Basketball | 02/13/2021
WBB: Hustle Plays Lead to 65-69 Win over EAC
YUMA, Ariz--- Jenny Nkem-Womsi fought for a late loose ball on one possesion before Buse Utku's late steal further extended what would be a 65-59 win for the Arizona Western Lady Matadors (2-5 Overall, 2-2 ACCAC) over the Eastern Arizona Gila Monsters (4-1 Overall, 4-1 ACCAC) Saturday afternoon at The House.
Teresa DaSilva pushed the Matadors out to an early 9-2 lead before Eastern fought their way back behind Catarina Ferriera in the first quarter. Eastern would up outscoring AWC 13-5 over the final six minutes of the period to lead 15-14 after one.
But Buse Utku hit a pair of three's in the second quarter and the Matadors forced eight consecutive turnovers in the second period, leading to a 31-30 haltime lead for Arizona Western.
The Matadors stifled Eastern in the third period, holding Eastern to just 17% from the field and 8 total points. Meanwhile, the consistent AWC attack involved nine different Matadors, including a perfect 4-4 effort from Imani Mitchell from the field.
The Matadors pushed the lead to as much as 11 with just over a minute remaining in the third quarter.
But Eastern turned the tables in the fourth as Mary Workman hit on three second-half three's sparked a 12-0 run for Eastern and put the Gila Monsters up 53-49 with over 5 minutes left.
Nkem-Womsi asserted herself on the class, setting up another Utku 3-pointer before knocking down a jumper.
It wasn't until there was just a minute and thirteen seconds remaining that Faith Silva hit the go-ahead bucket.
Just seconds later, Nkem Womsi secured a big miss by Eastern and then on the next defensive possesion came up with a key steal leading to a Matador timeout with 19 seconds remaining. Utku and Nkem-Womsi hit free-throws to cushion the final score at 65-59.
Arizona Western maintained the edge on the glass, a major difference from Friday night, in part because of Nkem-Womsi's eight rebounds. Mizha Gilberto added eight boards as well.
Ferriera led the way for Eastern with 14 points.
Arizona Western will remain at home for their next conference game on Tuesday, hosting #6 Central Arizona at 5:30pm in The House.