PHOENIX, Ariz. – Down early, the Arizona Western Lady Matadors (9-7 overall, 4-4 ACCAC) overcame the Phoenix College Bears (5-11 overall, 5-3 ACCAC) thanks to the long ball and some, late hustle plays.
The Matadors were in a hole from the jump as Phoenix scored the game’s first nine points before Arizona Western answered back with a 7-0 run. Phoenix scored five more to reextend the lead and controlled the first quarter. But AWC closed the first strong, pulling within 3 at the end of the period.
The heroes for the Lady Matadors began to emerge in the second quarter. A slow start to the period saw the teams combine for ten points in the first five minutes, but a Hanah Sims’ three gave the Mats their first lead of the game with 7:36 left in the half.
The teams exchanged blows until Buse Utku’s three put the Mats up 30-28. The Mats closed with a couple more three’s as Sims hit her third of the half and Harria Mendoza knocked down a three to give the Mats a 36-28 halftime lead.
Mendoza took over the game in the second half, as while each team made their runs, the Matadors never fell behind too far and closed out the contest on a putback by Mendoza.
Mendoza finished with 23 while Sims added six more in the second half to finish with 15 points. Utku and Faith Silva each had 9 for Arizona Western.
The win was the third straight for Arizona Western and puts them back into the thick of the ACCAC Standings.
The Matadors return home for a pair of games in the next week. Hosting Glendale on Saturday at 2:00pm and Eastern Arizona next Wednesday night.
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.