YUMA, Ariz. – A slow first quarter proved too much for the Lady Matadors to overcome in a 66-50 home loss to the Eastern Arizona Gila Monsters Saturday night.
Celebrating the sophomore’s final regular season home game, the Lady Matadors changed up the rotations a bit but couldn’t get the offense started in the first quarter.
The Matadors were also edged out at their own game where they typically own the glass and sure up the defense. The Gila Monsters outrebounded the Mats while holding the Matadors under 25% from the field.
Meanwhile, Courtney Anderson had half of her career high 16 points in the opening quarter to buoy the Eastern offense.
The Lady Matadors made multiple runs pulling within a point on multiple occasions but they could never pull even or take the lead.
The Gila Monsters’ three-point shooting kicked in in the second half as they hit on half of their fourteen attempts and received at least two points from seven of their eight players.
Tianna Brown added 13 points for the Gila Monsters while Makenzie Bond finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds.
Eastern edged Arizona Western 42-34 on the glass.
The Matadors did get some big contributions from sophomores and freshman alike. Sophomore Kayla Rubio hit a pair of three’s in her 9 point, 5 rebound performance. Freshman Kyndal Ricks led the scoring with 10 points for the Matadors. Mar Ibern finished with 7 points and 10 rebounds.
The Matadors fall to 11-18 overall, 9-12 in ACCAC play. Arizona Western wraps up the season on the road Tuesday at Scottsdale with the women tipping off at 5:30pm.
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.