By JOEL GANTT
The Pima Community College women’s basketball team started its season with one win and two losses during three challenging tournament games in Hobbs, N.M.
“The New Mexico tournament is filled with Division I competition,” head coach Todd Holthaus said. “It is a good challenge for us to start the season.”
Freshman forward Mya Perrow Donovan, a team leader in points and rebounds all weekend, was named to the All-Tournament team.
Pima played its final game of the tournament on Oct. 5 in a 56-88 loss against New Mexico Junior College, a National Junior College Athletic Association Division I opponent.
After a tough opening half, the Aztecs kept pace with NMJC in the second half thanks to freshman center A’jha Edwards. She had a team-leading 10 points and eight rebounds in the game.
Sophomore forward Tyahnna Higgs was the Aztec’s second-leading scorer with nine points. She also had four rebounds.
Donovan had six points and eight rebounds.
On Oct. 4, Pima dominated Lubbock Christian University’s junior varsity squad. Pima led 52-17 at the half and did not let up. The final score was 96-26 in the Aztec’s first win of the season.
Edwards posted her first career double-double, leading all players with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard Naderra Carey had a solid game with eight points, five rebounds and five assists. Sophomore guard Alyssa Wilson contributed 12 points
The Aztecs’ season opener Oct. 3 was against NJCAA Division I school Western Texas College of Snyder, Texas. Pima lost 50-65.
Donovan led the team with 10 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Higgs also played well with eight points and five rebounds.
The Aztecs play their first home game of the season against a Davis Monthan Air Force Base team on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the West Campus gymnasium.
Admission to the game will be $5 for adults and $3 for Pima students.