PCC continues to be praised by ACCAC

 by DEANNA SHERMAN

The Pima Community College women’s basketball team (6-3, 3-1 in ACCAC) have been keeping busy, to say the least, over the last two weeks.

PCC played an exciting and frantic game against Eastern Arizona College on Dec.5. The No.  10 ranked Aztecs in Division II lost the game 75-70 in Thatcher to the Division I Eastern Arizona.

The Aztecs looked as though they could pull off the win after coming out of a double digit deficit to take the lead in the second half, but would ultimately come short despite an 8-0 run with less than two minutes left in the game.

Freshman Sydnie Stallworth, and sophomores Taylor Blue, Gabby Banales and Densia Smith all scored in the double digits

Pima continued their undefeated streak in ACCAC conference play against Glendale Community College on Dec. 2.  PCC took down Glendale with ease in a 91-64 victory. Once again, three Aztecs scored double-digit points. Smith scored an impressive 28 points. Sophomore Shalise Fernander had 17 total while Banales had 10 points of her own.

Banales has been named the most recent Player of the Week in the ACCAC after she averaged 12.5 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals for the week of Nov. 23-29, the third Aztec in a row to receive the honor.

Smith received recognition the week prior (Nov. 16-22) scoring 33 points, eight rebounds, three assists, eight steals and one block over the week, her talent helped Pima win their first two conference games of the season. Stallworth received the honor in week one.

“There is a little more pressure…considering it’s my last year here,” said Banales. “My team pushes me everyday to get better…we always want the best for each other. That’s why I think this team is so strong.”

Smith was a redshirt last season due to knee complications, but that certainly hasn’t held her back in the least. “It’s great being here, and adjusting is easy when you are surrounded by people who love you and support you,” said Smith.  “We fight so hard against each other everyday, so we’re able to produce the same effort in the games.”

Stallworth is the stand out rookie of the team with 84 points on the season already in the books. “Adjusting to college is a little tricky but I’m making it happen,” Stallworth said. “It feels good to know that all the hard work we as a team put in the summer till now is paying off… lady Aztecs have been chosen three times in a row.”

Hard work indeed. While you were stuffing yourself over the Thanksgiving break the women’s basketball team was participating in the Eastern Arizona Thanksgiving Classic in Thatcher.

Pima played two games over the course of the weekend, both against upper division schools.

First the Aztecs played No. 9, Division I, New Mexico Junior College for the second time this season. Previously losing to them 55-39 in the Arizona Western Classic.

Unfortunately the outcome was not enough as Pima lost 71-46 on Nov. 27.

PCC bounced back the following day against Division I, Williston State College.  The Aztecs outscored Williston State in every quarter, finishing with a final score of 79-55. Blue finished with an impressive 19 points, five rebounds and two blocks while Banales contributed with 12 points and six rebounds.

Come support The Aztecs as they continue to play over the break, including home games at the West Campus.

“…at the end of the day, we are all in this together through the good, bad and ugly,” Stallworth said.

Freshman guard Bailey Johnson sets it up against Phoneix College. (Deanna Sherman/Aztec Press)

Freshman guard Bailey Johnson sets it up against Phoneix College. (Deanna Sherman/Aztec Press)

ON DECK

Dec. 9: Cochise College @West Campus, 5:30pm

Dec. 12: @Mesa CC, 2 pm

Dec. 14: @Tohono O’odham CC, 5:30 pm

Dec. 29-31: Bruce Fleck Classic @ West Campus

Jan. 6: Arizona Western College, @West Campus 5:30pm

Jan. 9: @Central Arizona College, 2 pm

Jan. 13: @ South Mountain CC, 5:30 pm

Jan. 16: Scottsdale CC @ West Campus, 7 pm

Jan. 20: @ Chandler-Gilbert CC, @ 5:30 pm

Jan. 23: @PhoenixCollege,2pm

Jan. 27: @Tohono O’odham CC, 5:30 pm

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