By James Kelley
Photos by Daniel Gaona
The Pima Community College women’s basketball team closed out its season with a win in the fifth-place game at Nationals.
The fifth-seeded Aztecs (28-8) beat No. 6 seed Parkland (Ill.) College 77-65 to finish fifth at the 12-team National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship Tournament.
Sophomore center Tia Morrison scored 18 points on 7-9 shooting. Sophomore forward LeAndra Lucas scored 13 points and sophomore guard NeNe Villalobos scored 11.
The win over Parkland was the Aztecs’ second in a row after a close loss to No. 4 seed Schoolcraft (Mich.) College in the second round.
Morrison was saddled with foul trouble and in the opening minutes of Pima’s first game, the team lost All-American sophomore guard Abyee Maracigan to a torn ACL.