The No.12-ranked Pima women’s basketball team had five of its players score in double digits in a 79-62 win Saturday over Glendale at the Pima West Aztec Gym.
“I was telling them just now, their chemistry is very special,” Pima coach Todd Holthaus said after the game. “That’s a big reason as to why they’re able to do the different things that they are. We’re not always the most talented, we’re not always the biggest, but they always have great chemistry.”
The strong shooting performance was capped off by an equally dominant rebounding effort as the Aztecs out-rebounded Glendale 52-33.
Pima (13-4, 6-3 in ACCAC) played without its starting forward and one of its top rebounders in Matehya Aberle, as she went down early with a head injury.
The Aztecs and Gauchos (3-13, 1-8) were neck-and-neck in the first quarter, but it was Pima that would come out of it with a 19-17 lead.
Pima then went on a 14-3 run to widen its lead to 33-20 with three minutes left in the first half.
Glendale answered with a 12-4 run to go into halftime down 37-32.
It was all Aztecs the second half as they came scored the first six points to increase its lead to 43-32.
Pima was up by as many as 22 points in the fourth quarter.
The win marks Pima’s seventh in its last eight games.
Sophomore guard Angel Addleman (Palo Verde grad) finished with a team-high 21 points to go with seven rebounds and five assists. Addlemann also shot an impressive 8 for 11 from the field, including making all three of her attempts beyond the arc.
Sophomore guard Luisa Chavez (Rio Rico) finished with 16 points and two steals.
Sophomore Torrance Begay had 15 points with nine rebounds while shooting 6 for 10 from the field.
Sophomore Aiona Johnson came off the bench and scored 12 points while shooting 4 for 8 from the field.
Sophomore Priscila Varela had 10 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Pima plays its next games on the road, Wednesday at Chandler-Gilbert and Saturday at Central Arizona.
The Aztecs’ next home game is Jan. 25 against Phoenix College at 7:30 p.m.