By STEVE CHOICE
The Pima Community College women’s basketball team opened conference play with a 66-56 home win over Glendale Community College on Nov. 17.
With the win, the Aztecs stand at 2-4 on the young season.
Sophomore center A’jha Edwards had a busy day for PCC, scoring 27 points and clearing 19 boards off the glass. Freshman guard Felicia Foster chipped in 11.
Glendale held a 31-30 halftime lead, but Pima used a 23-8 run coming out of the locker room to put it away.
“I’m proud of the girls’ effort and composure in the second half,” head coach Todd Holthaus said. “The main thing is that it’s a home conference win.”
The team ended a three-game slide with the victory. Freshman guard Rachel Williams said the triumph came at a good time.
“It was a big relief,” she said. “It’s been awhile since we got a win, even though we knew in those losses that we got better every game.
“This game we just came out and did our thing.”
Pima had a rough time at the Salt Lake Community College Tournament on Nov. 8-10, going 0-3 in the Beehive State.
The Aztecs fell to Utah State University-College of Eastern Utah 62-55 on the tourney’s final day.
Sophomore guard Ashlei Scott paced the Aztecs with 11 points, while freshman forward Raja Moreno finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds.
Host Salt Lake defeated Pima 72-55 the previous day.
Scott and sophomore guard D.J. Davis each had 11 points, while Edwards snared 13 boards.
On the tournament’s first day, PCC fell to Snow College (Utah) by a 65-60 score.
Foster had 18 points, including four 3-pointers. Edwards finished with 13 points and 17 rebounds, while Davis scored 12.
Holthaus saw the silver lining in the winless road trip.
“It was a tough weekend against some very good D-1 jucos,” he said. “Even though the scores didn’t reflect the results we wanted, we got better.”
Sophomore guard Alyssa Roche was content to put the Utah trip in the rearview mirror.
“We struggled a little bit up there playing against some bigger teams, but it feels good to get a win today,” she said after the Glendale contest. “We’re just looking ahead to our next game now.”
PCC was scheduled to face Arizona Western College in Yuma on Nov. 20. The paper went to press before game results were available.
The Aztecs return to action on Nov. 28, when they take on Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher.
Nov. 28: @ Eastern Arizona College, Thatcher, 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 1: Central Arizona College, West Campus, 2 p.m.
Dec. 5: @ Chandler-Gilbert CC, Chandler, 5:30 p.m.