Online Extra: Women’s basketball team recovers to take fifth place

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.

Abyee Maracigan
Abyee Maracigan

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.

Morrison and Lucas were named to the All-Tournament team. Morrison averaged a double-double, 18.75 points per game and 12.25 rebounds a game and Lucas averaged 7.25 and 3.25 during the tourney.

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