Yuma, Ariz--- The Arizona Western Lady Matadors (10-8 overall, 5-5 ACCAC) slow shooting night led to a 54-38 against Eastern Arizona Gila Monsters (13-5 overall, 6-4 ACCAC) in an important conference tilt Wednesday evening at The House.
Neither team could score in the first two minutes before Eastern Arizona’s Deion Abalos hit the first basket for the lead. The best team in the conference at creating free-throw opportunities, Eastern built a lead at the foul line before ending the quarter with a 12-4 lead.
AWC still could not find a bucket in the second quarter limited to another single digit output as two of the top three scorers, Faith Silva and Hanah Sims picked up four fouls each before the half. EAC tallied up a total of 15 points behind Abalos, who led with a total of eight points. The Mats went into half time down 30-10.
Eastern Arizona extended their lead 38-10 on an 8-0 run to open the second half. Harria Mendoza ended the run when she swished her three for her first basket of the night. AWC followed behind on their 7-0 run. The period ended 42-18.
The Lady Mats found some success in the fourth with their largest quarter of the night but ultimately couldn’t get within striking distance.
Abalos finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds for Eastern but it was Susi Namoa who led the way for 19 points for the Gila Monsters. Danja Stafford put up 12 points and 11 rebounds for Eastern.
Arizona Western was held to just 20% from the field for the game with Hanah Sims the high point scorer with seven points.
The Lady Matadors hit the road to Scottsdale on Saturday, January 18, at 6:00 pm against Scottsdale Community College. The men’s team will play at 4:00 pm.
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.