YUMA, Ariz--Holding their opponents to just thirteen first-half points, the Arizona Western Lady Matadors (3-2) pulled away from the Colorado Northwestern Spartans 69-39 Saturday night to close out the 2019 Desert Classic.
The Matadors forced 15 turnovers in the first half, including 11 steals, to build an early lead. The Matadors did not allow a field goal for the first six and a half minutes, by that time, AWC was already leading 14-0.
The second quarter held much of the same as the Spartans scored, but didn't register a field goal in the fam until 1:05 before the half.
Meanwhile, the Matador offense played unselfishly to extend the lead to a 34-13 advantage. Twelve of the thirteen Matadors who played scored at least one field goal, with Freshman Hanah Sims leading the Matadors with 14 points, including four three-pointers.
Hind Djelloul added eight points including an excellent sequence in which she scored a turn-around jumper, assisted on a back-door cut to Harria Mendoza, and then score on a layup as apart of an 8-0 Matador run in less than ninety seconds.
Arizona Western completes the Desert Classic undefeated and will have some time to prepare for the conference opener.
The Mats will play an exhibition game against Cetys University from Mexico in Yuma on November 13th before their next game, the ACCAC opener on November 20th against Central Arizona.
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.