WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Aztecs face slide with two-game loss

By BETO HOYOS

The No. 12 ranked Pima Community College women’s basketball team (4-3, 3-2 in ACCAS conference) lost its second game in a row Dec. 6, falling 70-57 to No. 7 Eastern Arizona College.

The Aztecs never held a lead in the game. They trailed by as many as 21 points in the first half.

They started the second half with more focus and intensity and began to cut into EAC’s lead. On two separate occasions, the Aztecs cut the deficit to four points.

Sophomore Melody McLaughlin led the team in scoring with 18 points.

Freshman Shalise Fernander finished the game with 12 points and five rebounds while going 3-for-4 from field-goal range. She went 6-for-7 from the free-throw line.

The Aztecs were scheduled to play at Cochise College on Dec. 10. The game took place after Aztec Press went to the printer.

On Dec. 3, PCC headed north to take on Glendale Community College but lost in overtime, 71-68.

Glendale went on an early 11-0 run and the Aztecs were behind 36-23 at halftime.

Early in the second half, Pima mounted a 12-2 run. Late in the game, sophomore Jayla Brown hit the first three-pointer of the game to make it a one-point deficit. With 46 seconds left in regulation, McLaughlin hit a shot to tie the game at 58.

During the overtime session, the Aztecs tied the game 63-63 after sophomore Heather Rogers hit a pair of free throws but Pima couldn’t overtake the lead.

Pima went 1-for-16 from three-point range and committed 33 turnovers.

McLaughlin led the Aztecs with 15 points and seven rebounds. Rogers and Fernander each scored 14 points off the bench.

On Nov. 25, Pima defeated Tohono O’Odham Community College on the road, 79-64.

They out-rebounded their opponent, 46-30, and finished with 19 assists.

McLaughlin had 21 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and two steals. She was selected as ACCAC Division II player of the week for Nov. 25-Dec. 1.

Brown hit four three-point shots and finished the game with 18 points. Freshman Kristin Baldwin also scored in double figures, with 10 points and eight rebounds.

Sophomore Adrianna Barrientez played 11 minutes and finished with six points, seven assists and seven rebounds.

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Sophomore forward Melody McLaughlin protects the ball against a Phoenix defender. (Larry Gaurano/Aztec Press)

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