By BETO HOYOS
Pima Community College’s women’s basketball team is looking ahead to the playoffs following a loss in the regular-season finale.
The No. 2 seeded Aztecs will host No. 3 Chandler-Gilbert Community College on March 4 for the first round of the Division II regional tournament. The playoffs will run from March 4-6.
Pima ended the regular season with a 73-61 loss to Glendale Community College on Feb. 21.
The Aztecs tried to keep Glendale’s lead in check but trailed by nine at the half. In the second half, Pima did a better job of defending Glendale and limiting easy shots, but couldn’t find enough offense to turn the game around.
On Feb. 18, PCC defeated Arizona Western College 72-58. It was the final home game of the season, and the team made sure to go all-out in front of faithful fans.
Sophomores Holly Bolen, Felicia Foster, Raja Moreno-Ross, Shayna Porter-Banks and Rachel Williams were recognized after the game.
Freshman Alicia Jones was also honored. She has earned a scholarship to Florida A&M University, and will transfer there next year.
From the opening tip, the Aztecs fired on all cylinders. The previous meeting between the two teams saw Pima fall in overtime.
The Aztecs took a 17-point lead into the break and emerged from the locker room with the same intensity. Pima led by as many as 29 points in the second half.
Williams led the way with 16 points, while Jones finished with 15 points and Foster had 10.
On Feb. 15, the team defeated Cochise College 81-66.
Early in the first half, the Aztecs were down by 15 points. After an 8-0 run to bring the score within two points, Pima went into halftime with the lead.
At the beginning of the second half, the Aztecs held an 11-point lead but Cochise slowly came back and tied the game at 57 points. Pima responded with a 15-0 run to put the game out of reach.
Jones led the Aztecs with 20 points. Foster finished with 14 points and five assists, and freshman Melody McLaughlin finished with 13 points.
On Feb. 12, Pima handed Tohono O’odham Community College a 103-68 loss.
The Aztecs opened the game with relentless offense and tough defense, and held a 14-point lead by halftime. In the second half, the Aztecs outscored Tohono O’odham by 21 points.
Three Pima players were selected to Arizona Community College Athletic Conference All-Conference and All-Region teams.
Moreno-Ross was selected First Team All-ACCAC and First-Team All-Region I, Division II. She had 11 double-doubles during the season, averaging 13 points and nine rebounds per game. She started in all 30 regular-season games for the Aztecs.
Foster was selected Second Team All-ACCAC and First Team All-Region. She also started all 30 games for the Aztecs, and averaged 11 points and three assists per game.
Jones was named Third Team All-ACCAC and Second Team All-Region. She led Pima in scoring, averaging almost 14 points a game. She was second in rebounding, averaging almost six per game.