Pima Community College sports

No. 11 Pima women earn 11th straight victory with rout of South Mountain

Pima honored Dominique Acosta, Rayn Holton, Taina Lee and Jordan Joe — all departing sophomores — at halftime of its game with South Mountain on Saturday (Pima photo)

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

The Pima Community College women’s basketball team played its final regular season home game on Saturday against Phoenix South Mountain and came away with an 83-47 victory.

The No. 11 Aztecs (23-6, 18-4 in ACCAC) picked up their 11th straight victory after beating the Cougars (1-26, 1-21).

It is their longest winning streak since the 2015-16 season.

The school honored Dominique Acosta (Nogales), Rayn Holton, Taina Lee and Jordan Joe — all departing sophomores — at halftime.

The Aztecs close out the regular season on Monday when they play at No. 15 Eastern Arizona College (Division I) in Thatcher. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.

The Aztecs are tied with Mesa for the No. 1 seed in the NJCAA Region I, Division II tournament. The Thunderbirds own the tie-breaker but they have a tough task as well on Monday when they play at Cochise College in Douglas.

Pima took a 41-29 lead at halftime against South Mountain. It jumped out to a 13-0 run to start the third quarter to make it 54-29. The Aztecs held the Cougars scoreless for the first five minutes. The Aztecs outscored the Cougars 19-8 in the third quarter and 42-18 in the second half.

Pima grabbed an early 10-0 advantage in the first quarter and went on a 13-2 run in the final 4:55 to take a 25-8 lead.

Freshman Rylei Waugh, who may entertain recruiting offers from four-year schools after this season, scored a team-high 23 points as she went 9 for 11 from the field and 3 for 5 from three-point range. She also added seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Acosta finished with 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals in her final home appearance. She went 7 for 14 from the field and 4 for 5 from the free-throw line.

Lee got the start in the backcourt in her last home game. She contributed with 10 points.

Holton had eight points, five rebounds and two steals.

Freshman Rori Hoffmeyer came off the bench and finished with eight points, six rebounds and two assists as she went 4 for 5 shooting.

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