The No.12 Pima College women’s basketball team extended its winning streak to six games following its 82-69 win Saturday against Yavapai at the West Campus Aztec Gymnasium.
‘”I think the best thing we did tonight was share the ball,” Pima coach Todd Holthaus said. “(We) were very unselfish, (we had) five people in double figures. That just shows that everybody was sharing it and moving it.”
Sophomore forward Matehya Aberle made her return to the court following a head and neck injury that kept her out for two games.
Aberle logged in 11 minutes and scored four points. Freshman Dominique Acosta (Nogales grad) is starting while Aberle’s minutes are being monitored.
The Aztecs (17-4, 10-3 in ACCAC) found themselves down 19-12 after the end of the first quarter.
They stormed back by outscoring Yavapai 33-9 in the second quarter.
“The second quarter is where it all just kind of came together,” Holthaus said. “We hit some threes, we got some chunks and it might be the best second quarter of basketball I’ve seen us play all season-maybe in a few years.”
“It was just fun to watch because we were doing such a good job on the defensive end and then capitalizing on the offensive end.”
Sophomore Torrance Begay started the scoring streak with back-to-back baskets, followed by a 3-pointer by sophomore Angel Addlemann (Palo Verde) to tie it up at 19-19.
Pima was down 23-22 with five minutes remaining in the first half before going on a 11-0 run to put itself up 33-23 with three minutes to go.
Pima then closed out the half with another 9-0 run to take a 45-28 halftime lead.
It was a competitive second half, but too much damage was done in the second quarter for the Roughriders (7-12, 4-9) to make a comeback.
Leading the team in scoring was Begay with 19 points. She also had five rebounds, two steals and one assist.
Begay went 7-for-12 from the field in the second half and was a large reason for Yavapai not being able to build any momentum.
Acosta, who has been stellar in place of Aberle, notched a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds with three steals and a block.
Sophomore Luisa Chavez (Rio Rico) scored 12 points with four assists, three rebounds and a steal.
Sophomore Priscila Varela finished with 11 points, four assists, three rebounds and one steal.
Sophomore Aiona Johnson had 10 points, seven rebounds and two assists.
The Aztecs will be on a three-game road trip with its next game being on Wednesday against Scottsdale Community College at 7:30 p.m.