Pima Community College sports

Pima women advance in NJCAA Division II tournament following blowout win

Pima’s Gabby Lopez, a Bisbee graduate, had five assists to lead the Aztecs in their opening-round win over Coastal Alabama-North on Monday (NJCAA photo)

Pima media-relations director Ray Suarez contributed to this report:

The No. 13-seeded Pima Community College women’s basketball team opened play Monday in the NJCAA Division II tournament with a 78-49 rout of No. 20 Coastal Alabama-North at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center in Joplin, Mo.

The Aztecs (24-8) produced a 21-2 run at the beginning of the third quarter to pull away.

They move on to the second round Tuesday at 7 a.m. Arizona time, when they will play No. 4 Community College of Baltimore County Essex (25-6).

Pima’s leaders in Monday’s win:
Points: Rylei Waugh – 16
Rebounds: Dominique Acosta – 11
Assists: Gabby Lopez – 5

The Aztecs led 39-27 at halftime against Coastal Alabama-North but the Coyotes (19-12) cut the deficit to single digits with a 3-point play to begin the third quarter.

Pima sophomore Dominique Acosta (Nogales), who went scoreless in the first half, netted her first bucket, which sparked a 21-2 run in the next five and a half minutes as Pima took a 60-32 advantage.

Acosta scored eight points during that stretch.

Pima outscored Coastal Alabama North 24-10 in the third quarter. The Aztecs led by as many as 30 points two occasions in the second half.

The Aztecs were up 20-12 in the first quarter but the Coyotes closed it out with a 9-2 run as Pima clinged to a 22-21 lead.

Freshman Gabby Lopez (Bisbee) set the tone in the opening minutes of the second quarter, scoring five straight points.

Fellow freshman Rylei Waugh converted on two 3-point play opportunities on back-to-back possessions capping off an 11-0 run as Pima went up by double digits at 33-21.

The Aztecs outscored the Coyotes 17-6 in the second quarter.

Waugh finished with a team-high 16 points on 7 for 10 shooting to go with five rebounds while Lopez scored 11 of her 12 points in the first half. She also grabbed six rebounds, had five assists and two steals.

Acosta scored all 12 of her points in the second half and was 6 for 8 from the field. She completed the double-double with 11 rebounds to go with two assists.

Sophomores Jordan Joe and Taina Lee combined for 17 of Pima’s 27 points off the bench.

Lee finished with nine points as she was 2 for 3 from beyond the arc while Joe contributed with eight points after going 2 for 4 from downtown.

“The key to our 21-2 run in the third quarter was definitely our energy, pushing the ball and playing hard,” Lopez said. “It feels really good to get this first game out of the way because we got the feel of the court and the environment. We also got all of our nerves out of the way. Our first game was super fun and exciting and we’re ready for tomorrow.”

Team Stats

Game StatisticsCoastal Alabama – NorthPima
Field Goals(12-55)(32-65)
Field Goal %21.8%49.2%
Pts off Turnovers826
2nd Chance Pts69
Pts in the Paint1230
Fastbreak Pts217
Bench Pts2827
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