YUMA, Ariz. –The Lady Matadors flustered the South Mountain Cougars, but couldn’t prevail in a 53-51 loss at The House Wednesday night.
The Matadors forced 22 turnovers, including four in the first half but failed to cling to late leads while falling to 10-16 on the season and 8-10 in ACCAC play.
The Mats had a 13-8 late in the first quarter but Kaylah Burrows hit a three and a layup to pull the game even before the close of the frame.
In the second, both teams failed to find any offensive flow and combined for just 11 total points with the Cougars taking a three-point lead. However, the Matadors forced 14 first half turnovers from a team that ranked third in the conference entering the night with a season average of just 14.5 turnovers per game.
Both teams traded the lead down the stretch with South Mountain claiming a 41-34 lead in the fourth. Harria Mendoza hit a clutch three-pointer and was fouled to pull the game back to three points. The Mats would draw close before Burrows and Haley Eaves hit key shots down the stretch.
Mendoza led the Lady Mats with 14 points. Burrows had a game high 24.
The Matadors hit the road on Saturday, with four games remaining, to take on Phoenix College beginning at 2pm. The Men will follow at 4pm. Both games can be heard in Yuma on AM 560 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.