YUMA, Ariz. – Outscored by 17 in the middle quarter, the Lady Matadors failed to rally in an 86-77 home loss to the Glendale Gauchos Wednesday night.
Faced with the difficult task of winning their final three games while simultaneously getting help from other opponents to keep post-season hopes alive, the Arizona Western Matadors came out aggressively and built a four point lead at the end of one quarter.
Mar Ibern started the offense and the Matadors mounted 13 points on second chances while keeping Tierney Dedonatis without a field goal in the first quarter.
But Dedonatis caught fire in the second and thrust the Gauchos in front at the half. She also got help in the second quarter from Mallory Vivola who hauled in 8 rebounds in the half.
The third quarter saw the Gauchos pull away behind Dedonatis, Vivola and Kristen Shinke as the trio finished 75 of the Gauchos 86 points. Dedonatis finished with a game high 39, three points shy of her season high.
Ibern led the attack for the Matadors finishing with 24 points while Kayla Rubio added 19 points and 13 rebounds.
Despite huge edges in second chance points and rebounding (AWC outrebounded GCC 42-29) the Matadors shot just three of 17 from three-point territory as Glendale more than covered the difference with their eight threes.
The Matadors came into the needing to win out while also getting three losses from Eastern Arizona, but the Gila Monsters beat Tohono O’odham Wednesday as well.
Arizona Western falls to 11-17, 9-11 in ACCAC. Glendale snaps a 12 game losing streak to improve to 9-19, 4-16 in ACCAC play.
The Lady Matadors will honor their sophomores playing their final home game on Saturday when the Gila Monsters come to Yuma. The women start at 5:30pm, followed by the men at 7:30pm.
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.