Pima Community College sports

Pima Roundup: Men’s hoops reaches at least 100 points for 15th time this season in win

Salpointe grad Dillan Baker is headed to NAU to play for the Lumberjacks next season (Stephanie van Latum/Special to AllSportsTucson.com)

Pima media-relations director Ray Suarez contributed information for this roundup:

The Pima Community College men’s basketball team continued its winning ways on Saturday as it beat Yavapai College 100-90 at the West Campus Aztec Gymnasium.

The No. 18 Aztecs (21-3, 13-3 in ACCAC) scored at least 100 for the fourth time in the last five games and the 15th time this season with the win over the Roughriders (11-14, 4-10).

Up 77-71, the Aztecs went on an 8-0 run to match their biggest lead of the game at 85-71 with 6:26 left.

The Roughriders hit back-to-back three-pointers to cut Pima’s lead to eight points but they would only match that deficit one more time.

The game saw four lead changes in the first half as the Aztecs clung to a 43-35 at halftime.

Pima went 24 for 34 from free throw line (.706) and grabbed 15 offensive rebounds. They out-rebounded the Roughriders 50-35.

Sophomore Dillan Baker (Salpointe) did his work on the glass in the first half but found his shot in the second half as he scored 19 of his team-high 25 points in the second half.

He finished with nine rebounds (seven in the first half). He shot 4 for 6 from 3-point range in the second half and was 5 for 8 for the game. He also added three assists and three steals.

Freshman Cohenj Gonzales finished with 21 points as he went 7 for 7 from the free-throw line.

Sophomore Jaylen Alexander and freshman Wes Ball (Marana) each finished with double-doubles. Alexander was 7 for 12 from the field and posted 18 points and 10 rebounds to go with two blocks. Ball was 6 for 9 from the field and scored 16 points to go along with 10 boards.

The Aztecs are back at the West Campus Aztec Gym on Wednesday when they take on Mesa at 7:30 p.m.

Women’s hoops improves to 18-6 with win over Yavapai

The Pima women’s basketball team (18-6, 13-4 in ACCAC) cruised to its sixth straight win on Saturday as it topped Yavapai College (5-18, 5-11) at the West Campus Aztec Gymnasium.

The No. 14 Aztecs used a 19-4 run in the second quarter to break away as they closed out the Roughriders 92-53. They outscored them 24-8 for the quarter.

Sophomore Jordan Joe drained three 3-pointers during the run and freshman Amelie Buffill-Gutierrez’s (Sabino) bucket capped off the run as the Aztecs took a 45-23 lead into the locker room.

Up 61-38, the Aztecs used a 14-0 run between the third and fourth quarters to make it 75-38.

The Aztecs outscored the Roughriders 47-30 in the second half.

Joe scored 15 of her game-high 20 points in the first half as she finished going 8 for 11 from the field and 4 for 7 from three-point range. She also grabbed six rebounds.

Freshman Rylei Waugh flirted with a triple-double as she went for 16 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.

·Freshman Sage Begay, who led Flagstaff to the 4A state title over Pueblo last year, went 4 for 5 from beyond the arc and scored 14 points to go with three assists, two rebounds and two steals.

Sophomore Taina Lee shot 4 for 8 from the field and contributed with 11 points off the bench.

The Aztecs are back at the West Campus Aztec Gymnasium on Wednesday for a showdown with No. 5 Mesa. Tipoff is at 5:30 p.m.

Softball splits two games at El Paso CC Invitational

The Pima softball team (7-6) closed out play at the El Paso CC Invitational on Saturday in El Paso with a split against Cisco (Texas) College and El Paso.

The Aztecs fell to Cisco but picked up the win over host El Paso.

Freshman Aubrey Marx (Cienega) finished the day 3 for 7 with four RBIs and two runs scored while fellow freshman Marina Price (Rincon/University) went 4 for 6 with two runs. Freshman Nevaeah Bracamonte earned both decisions in the circle.

·Cisco 7, Pima 5: The Aztecs surrendered four runs in the second inning and the rally fell short in the late innings. The Aztecs committed five errors in the game.

Trailing 4-0, the Aztecs got on the board in the fifth inning when freshman Stephany Montoya hit an RBI single to drive in sophomore pinch runner Camila Zepeda (Tucson). Freshman Alyssa Noriega (Pueblo) drew a walk with two outs. The Wranglers countered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to make it 6-1.

The Aztecs cut into the lead even more in the sixth inning. Freshman Natalya Rivera (Sunnyside) hit an RBI single to plate freshman pinch-runner Mari Asher (Canyon del Oro). With two outs in the inning, Marx took one deep for the three-run homer scoring Price and Rivera to cut it to a one run deficit at 6-5.

Cisco College scored one run in the bottom of the inning.

The Aztecs stranded the tying run on first base to end the game.

Marx finished the game 2 for 3 with three RBIs and a run while Price went 3 for 3 with a run scored. Rivera was 1 for 4 with an RBI and a run and Montoya went 1 for 1 with an RBI.

Bracamonte took the loss as she pitched five innings, giving up three runs (none earned) on four hits with four strikeouts.

Pima 11, El Paso 6: The Aztecs scored the first seven runs of the game and bounced back with no errors on defense.

Sophomore Mallory Zylinski-Wrobel (Sahuarita) hit her first of two doubles in the third inning when she drove in Marx to put Pima on the scoreboard. Zepeda singled and later scored on an error to make it 2-0.

The Aztecs tacked on five runs in the fourth inning. Sophomores Jasmine Majonica (Flowing Wells) and Gabriella Salazar (Marana) drove in runs on back-to-back RBI hits. With two outs in the inning, Zepeda and Zylinski-Wrobel followed with their own stretch of back-to-back RBI hits. Zylinski-Wrobel capped off the inning by scoring on a wild pitch to make it 7-0.

Marx hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning and Salazar stole home to make it 9-4. Asher helped put the game away with a two-run homer bringing around Price.

Asher closed out the game going 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Salazar went 2 for 3 with an RBI, two runs scored and four steals while Zylinski-Wrobel finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs and two doubles. Marx was 1 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Price went 1 for 3 with a run.

Bracamonte picked up the win after she pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up four runs (four earned) on 10 hits with three strikeouts and one walk.

The Aztecs next play a non-conference doubleheader at Phoenix College on Feb. 24. First game starts at noon.

Women’s track and field earn another NJCAA national qualifying time

The Pima women’s track & field team competed in its fourth meet of the Indoor season on Saturday at the GCC Indoor Invitational and the No. 15 Aztecs earned another NJCAA national qualifying time.

They now have 11 total national qualifying times and marks so far this season.

The Distance Medley Relay team of freshmen Linda Rivero (Desert View), Tayler Crane, Alyssa Perez and Reatta Danhof (Ironwood Ridge) set a national qualifier after they finished second with a time of 13 minutes, 04.72 seconds.

Freshman Larissa Blanchard took first place in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.90 seconds as she improved on her qualifying time by three seconds. She is No. 2 in Indoor season school history.

The Aztecs will compete in their final Indoor season meet on Friday at the NAU Tune-Up in Flagstaff. Events begin at 2:00 p.m.

Men’s track and field increase national qualifying marks to 17 this season

The Pima men’s track & field team also competed in GCC Indoor Invitational on Saturday at Glendale Community College and the seventh-ranked Aztecs increased their NJCAA Indoor national qualifying marks to 17 this season.

Freshman Nathaniel Curtiss (Rincon/University) improved on his national qualifying mark in the high jump as he cleared 2.14 meters (7-feet, 0.25-inches) on his first attempt. He is unofficially ranked No. 1 in the country in the event. It is the best mark for a Pima high jumper per since 2017.

Sophomore Brett Wynn earned his national qualifying mark in the high jump as he placed third with a jump of 1.99 meters (6-6.25) on his first attempt. He joins Curtiss and freshman Tyler Rogers as the Pima male representatives in the event.

The Aztecs will compete in their final Indoor season meet on Friday at the NAU Tune-Up in Flagstaff. Events begin at 2:00 p.m.

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