Pima media relations director Ray Suarez contributed information for this report:
The Pima Community College women’s basketball team returned to ACCAC play on Wednesday with a 63-54 victory on the road against Scottsdale Community College.
The No. 14 Aztecs (11-3, 6-1 in ACCAC) outscored the Artichokes 22-8 in the fourth quarter to pull out the win.
Pima trailed 46-41 entering the fourth quarter but freshman Gabby Lopez (Bisbee) got things started with a 3-pointer. Down 48-44, the Aztecs went on a 12-0 run and got a boost from sophomore Taina Lee, who hit two straight 3-pointers. The Aztecs took their biggest lead at 56-48.
Freshman Rylei Waugh went 4 for 4 from the foul line down the stretch to help preserve the lead againstg the Artichokes (7-3, 3-2).
The Aztecs trailed the entire first quarter and much of the second quarter but with a pair of baskets by sophomore Dominique Acosta (Nogales) and a 3-pointer by sophomore Jordan Joe, the Aztecs went into the locker room up 31-28.
Pima held a 37-30 lead in the third quarter after Lopez’s bucket, but the Artichokes closed out the quarter on a 16-4 run.
Waugh scored a team-high 21 points as she went 6 for 11 from the field and 9 for 10 from the free throw line. She also had eight rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Acosta fell short of another double-double as she finished with 11 points and nine rebounds to go along with three assists.
Freshman Rori Hoffmeyer posted eight points and 12 rebounds (six offensive), two steals and one block.
Lee and Jordan each scored six points off the bench as they combined to go 4 for 7 from beyond the arc. Lopez had five points and five rebounds.
The Aztecs will be back on the road on Saturday when they play Cochise College in Douglas.
Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.