By BETO HOYOS
Pima Community College’s women’s basketball team started 2014 with a flurry of games, and is currently sitting at .500 for their overall record (11-11) and in their conference (7-7).
A tough series of matchups have left the Aztecs looking to bounce back after a three-game losing streak.
On Jan. 25, the Aztecs lost a close game to Chandler-Gilbert Community College, falling 87-83. Sophomore Raja Moreno-Ross performed best for Pima, draining 30 points and snagging 15 boards for her ninth double-double of the season.
Pima suffered another heartbreaking loss on Jan. 22, when the Aztecs were a half-court shot away from tying the game at the buzzer against sixth-ranked Central Arizona. PCC lost the game 64-61.
With four minutes left in the game, Pima was leading 54-50, thanks in part to freshman Holly Bolen’s 15-point, 16-rebound performance coming off the bench, before a run by Central put the game out of reach.
On Jan. 18, Eastern Arizona College hosted the No. 15 Pima Community College Women’s basketball team. The Aztecs rallied late in the game but could not come away with the win, falling to the Gila Monsters 72-59.
Late in the second half, the Aztecs found themselves down 16 before going on 10-0 run to get back within striking distance. But that would be as close as the Aztecs would come.
Freshman Alicia Jones finished the game with 11 points and sophomore Shayna Porter-Banks added 10 points off the bench. Moreno-Ross contributed nine points and eight rebounds.
On Jan. 15, the women’s basketball team took on Glendale Community College at the West Campus, controlling much of the game on the way to victory.
The Aztecs were dialed in from three-point land, draining 11 three-pointers in the game.
Pima’s bench contributed big numbers, producing 32 points, including 11 from freshman Adrianna Barrientez.
Jones hit three free throws to give the Aztecs an 11-point lead late in the first half. At halftime, the Aztecs led by 16.
In the second half, the Aztecs came out firing on all cylinders and at one point led by 32 points. Pima defeated Glendale 96-75.
Sophomore Felicia Foster finished the game with 19 points, with 12 of those points coming in the first half. Moreno-Ross finished with 15 points, while freshman Melody McLaughlin finished with 13 points. Jones finished with 11 points, eight of those coming in the second half.
On Jan. 11, the Aztecs traveled to Yuma to take on Arizona Western College.
Pima had its hands full all game long. At halftime, the Aztecs found themselves down eight.
The Aztecs remained resilient and came back in the second half to slowly chip away at the deficit. There were 12 lead changes throughout the game as both teams fought hard late in the second half.
With six minutes to go, the Aztecs took their first lead of the half, going up 45-44. Then with four minutes left in regulation, the Aztecs found themselves up by three.
In the final moments of the second half, Jones drained a three point bomb to force overtime.
In extra time, Pima’s luck finally ran out. In the extra period, the Aztecs would score only one point, falling to Arizona Western College 60-55.
Moreno-Ross posted a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Jones and Foster both finished the game with 11 points, while McLaughlin had seven points and eight rebounds.
Pima played Phoenix College at West Campus on Jan. 29, after Aztec Press went to the printer.