YUMA, Ariz--- The Arizona Western College Matadors (5-5 overall, 1-2 ACCAC) dropped 63-50 contest to the Cochise College Apaches (8-1 overall, 3-1 ACCAC) at The House Wednesday evening in an ACCAC contest.
Harria Mendoza opened the game with a three giving the Mats an early lead, but the Apaches took control with nine straight points. AWC stopped the streak and got on the board once again when Buse Utku swished her first three-point attempt pulling the score to 9-6. But the Lady Mats lacked rhythm offensively by committing eight turnovers in the first quarter and struggled on field goals inside the three-point line. The Apaches used these errors to extend their lead 24-7.
AWC started quick again in the second quarter as Utku scored the first shot of the quarter for a score of 24-9. However, the Mats could not keep the tempo as Cochise once again used the Matador errors to widen their lead. At the end of the first half the Matadors had a total of 11 turnovers for a score of 38-19.
The Mats’ defense continued to be solid holding the Apaches second ranked offense well under their 82.0 point per game average and forced 20 turnovers. But the offense couldn’t overcome a 23% first half with 11 turnovers.
Arizona Western did find some rhythm in the last quarter scoring 10 consecutive points to close the Apaches lead to 55-40. The Mats benefitted from cleaner play, with just one turnover over the final ten minutes.
Cochise’s Raena Suggs had a game high of 14 points while Mendoza led AWC with 13 points.
The loss drops the Matadors under .500 in conference and back to .500 on the season before a tough stretch with three-consecutive games on the road.
The Matadors will be on the road Saturday afternoon at Mesa Community College at 2:00pm. The Men will follow at approximately 4:00pm.
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.