WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Aztecs push ahead after dominating November schedule

Sophomore guard Denesia Smith launches for a layup during a Dec. 3 game against Glendale Community College. (Nicholas Trujillo/Aztec Press)

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO

The Pima Community College women’s basketball team (8-2, 3-1 in ACCAC) lost just one game in November, and hopes to continue that momentum.

“The month of November was about as good as it could go, outside of the game against New Mexico Junior College,” head women’s basketball coach Todd Holthaus said. “I guess so far, so good.”

Sophomore Sydni Stallworth earned ACCAC Division II player of the week honors on Nov. 28. She averaged 13.6 point, 3.7 rebounds and 2.1 steals in the first seven games.

Nov. 22: PCC 88, Tohono O’odham CC 51

The Aztecs opened the first quarter with a double-digit lead and continued scoring unanswered points for an 88-51 home conference win over Tohono O’odham Community College.

Pima started the game with a 9-0 run, which led to a 21-7 lead after the first quarter. An 11-0 run in the second quarter put the Aztecs up 32-7. After half time, the team went on a 12-0 run for a 65-27 lead in the third quarter.

Stallworth lead the team with 19 points, going for 57 percent beyond the arc. Freshman Katey Roquemore and sophomore Bailey Johnson each scored 10 points off the bench. The team outrebounded TOCC, 54-29.

Nov. 30: PCC 104, Chandler-Gilbert CC 34

The Aztecs closed out November with their sixth straight win, defeating Chandler-Gilbert Community College by a 70-point margin. PCC did not let the Coyotes score double digits in any quarter except the third.

“It was a little rough in the beginning, we were kind of anxious for no reason,” sophomore Denesia Smith said. “After the first five minutes of the first quarter, we started to relax and play our game.”

Smith finished with a team-high 20 points, plus five assists and five steals. Chandler-Gilbert transfer Bree Cates scored 14 points against her old team.

Dec. 3: PCC 74, Glendale CC 51

Pima started December with its seventh straight win, defeating the Glendale Community College Gauchos in a 74-51 home victory.

The team wasted no time in the first half to take a 50-36 lead into the break. The Gauchos responded with an 11-3 run that trickled into the beginning minutes of the fourth quarter, but a 21-4 run by Stallworth and freshman Alliyah Bryant sealed the game.

Smith finished with 19 points, seven steals and three assists. Stallworth and Cates both scored 14 points.

Dec. 7: PCC 86, Eastern Arizona College 88

Eastern Arizona College was the conference champ last year, defeating PCC by five points in the championship game.

This year was an even closer match up as the Aztecs lost by two points, 88-86, in overtime.

The game was a back-and-forth battle between the Gila Monsters and the Aztecs. PCC found a lead in the third quarter but was overtaken by a 14-4 run in the fourth.

PCC freshman Izzy Spruit sunk a three-pointer with 12 seconds left to tie the game 76-76 and force overtime, where the Aztecs ultimately met their loss.

Stallworth finished as the top scorer with 21 points, while Spruit and Cates were next with 15 points each.

 

ON DECK

Dec 10: at South Mountain CC, Phoenix, 2 p.m.

Dec. 28: Dawson CC at Bruce Fleck Classic, West Campus gym, 7 p.m.

Dec. 30: Arizona Christian University JV at Bruce Fleck Classic, West Campus gym, 5 p.m.

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