By ARMANDO HARMON
The women’s basketball team continue its reign as they push toward the second half of the season, as it looks to get further than last year. Pima is ranked No. 8 in the NJCAA Divion II poll. With an overall record of 18-5 and averaging 81.6 points per game, these Aztecs aren’t playing around.
Feb. 3: PCC 87,
Eastern Arizona College 47
The Pima Community College women’s basketball team bounced back from their loss with the victory against Eastern Arizona College. The No. eight ranked Aztecs held the Gila Monsters to just 16 points after the first half to win big 87-47.After a 23-10 lead after the first, the Aztecs held the Gila Monsters scoreless for seven minutes in the second quarter and just six points to take a 44-16 at the break. After the third at 22-11. The Aztecs led by as much as 48 points. Freshmen Shauna Bribiescas finished the game with a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow freshmen Jacqulynn Nakai also scored 17 points and had six assists. Sophomore Izzy Spruit had 16 points in the game and Aubre Fortner had her share of 10 points seven rebounds. The Aztecs won both meeting against the Gila Monsters.
Jan. 31: PCC 73,
Glendale CC 77
The Aztecs of Pima Community College women’s basketball team suffer a rare loss as they fell to at Glendale Community College.The No. eight ranked Aztecs loss in a close game of 77-73 and marks just the second defeat to a this season. Pima started the game with the lead as they were up 20-17 in the first quarter, but they were outscored 26-15 in the second.
They trailed 43-35 at half. The second half was rough for the Aztecs as they struggled to get to the edge in the third quarter and they fell short to complete the comeback bid despite outscoring the Gauchos 28-24 in the fourth.
Freshman Shauna Bribiescas scored a team-high 22 points as she had 13 points in the fourth. Sophomore Izzy Spruit finished the game with 13 point.
Jan. 27: PCC 83,
Chandler-Gilbert CC 46
The Pima Community College women’s basketball team took a huge victory on the road on Jan. 27 as they beat down Chandler-Gilbert CC. The No. 8 ranked Aztecs outscored the Coyotes 25-7 in the final quarter to win 83-46. The Aztecs dominated taking a quick double-digit lead after the first quarter. Freshman Jacqulynn Nakai finished the game with 24 points. Sophomore Aubre Fortner came in clutch in the fourth as she scored 10 points in the fourth. Fellow sophomore Christine Ortega finished the game with 12 points. The Aztecs swept the Coyotes.
Jan. 24: PCC 95, Tohono O’odham CC 41
The Pima Community College women’s basketball team dominated Tohono O’odham Community College on Jan. 24 at the West Campus Gym.The Aztecs’ bench took advantage to showcase what they could do by scoring 51 points. Freshmen Macey Rose finished with 12 points and eight rebounds. Freshmen RyLeigh Long scored 8 points and sophomore Piper Mali had her share of 8 points.
“For them to be ready to play, getting an opportunity and making the most of it, that was very satisfying for me as a coach,” said head coach Todd Holthaus. “To see their teammates were happy to see that part was fun.”
Sophomore Izzy Spruit scored a team-high 14 points.
Jan 20: PCC 89, Arizona Western College 74
The Aztecs of Pima Community College women’s basketball team put together a third-quarter rally to take down Arizona Western College on Jan. 20 at the West Campus Gym.
The No. 8-ranked Aztecs outscored the Matadors 30-13 in the third and went on to win 89-74.
Down 45-36 at the half, the Aztecs put together a 16-7 run to open up the third and were able to tie the game at 52-52. They took their first lead at 58-57 with about three minutes left.
“We showed some guts today,” Holthaus said. “It was a tough first half, but we came out the second half and played the way the way we are capable of.”
Freshman Jacqulynn Nakai went scored a game-high 31 points she also had five rebounds and four assists.
Sophomore Izzy Spruit scored 14 as she drained five 3-pointers for the game. Freshmen RyLeigh Long scored 14 off the bench
“The key to the second half of the season, are the details,” Holthaus said. “We aren’t going to change much; we are going to get better at the little things.”
Feb. 10: vs. Scottsdale Community College, 5:00 p.m.
Feb. 14 at Cochise College, 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 17 vs. Phoenix College, 2:00 p.m.