YUMA, Ariz. – A late stop preserved a career-high from Freshman Forward Arianna Pagan as the Arizona Western Lady Matadors (8-7 overall, 3-4 ACCAC) held off the South Mountain Cougars (5-6 overall, 3-4 ACCAC) 82-79 Saturday afternoon at The House.
Pagan had a career high 25 points with 17 rebounds while fellow Freshman Faith Silva added fifteen points, nine of which came in the first half to help the Matadors off to the fast start.
Arizona Western led 25-16 at the end of the first quarter, thanks in large part to Pagan and Silva scoring 18 of those.
After South Mountain outran the Matadors in the second quarter to take a 40-35 lead at the half, Harria Mendoza caught fire. Mendoza scored the first two buckets of the third quarter before igniting for 16 of her 18 points in the second half.
The Mats rode behind Mendoza and Pagan in the third quarter to regain the lead, but South Mountain hung around to the final possession.
Prima Chellis had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Cougars while Arianna Sanders knocked down six three’s to hang around.
With the next two leading scorers for South Mountain fouled out, Christina Willis had a good look at the game tying three that just rolled out, giving AWC the win.
Arizona Western starts 2020 with a win to get back above .500 on the season at 8-7 with a chance to improve their conference record, now 3-4, Wednesday at Phoenix College.
The Matadors will hit the road to take on the Phoenix Bears. The game will start at 5:30pm and be broadcast on the Matador Athletics Facebook Page.
The Men’s game will follow at 7:30pm in Phoenix.
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.