By STEVE CHOICE
The Pima Community College women’s basketball team rebounded from a blowout loss in its previous game to return the favor against Chandler-Gilbert Community College on Feb. 2, downing the Coyotes 85-66 at home.
Sophomore center A’jha Edwards starred for the Aztecs (12-12, 8-7 ACCAC), tallying 20 points and 15 rebounds. It was her 14th double-double of the season.
Sophomore guard D.J. Davis scored 18 for Pima, including four 3-pointers. Sophomore Ashlei Scott chipped in 13, and freshman Mya Perrow-Donovan pulled down 10 boards.
In an emotional ceremony after the game, head coach Todd Holthaus presented sophomore guard Alyssa Roche with the newly created Bruce Fleck Scholarship Award.
Fleck, who died in April, was an assistant coach for 14 years with Holthaus, including stints at Flowing Wells High School and Pima.
“He was so much more than an assistant,” Holthaus said. “He was a mentor, a father figure, my best friend.
“Today was a special day for the women’s basketball program. To honor our friend coach Fleck with a victory was icing on the cake.”
On Jan. 30, PCC traveled to Coolidge to take on Central Arizona College. The fifth-ranked Vaqueras dropped 55 on the Aztecs in the first half, en route to a 93-66 win.
“It was a rough game, but we had to look at it as an opportunity to make ourselves better,” Perrow-Donovan said after the game. “It was an opportunity to play how we need to so we can get further on the path we want, which is heading toward nationals.”
Central’s superior size was tough for Pima to contend with.
“I think they’re the biggest team we’ve gone up against all year,” freshman guard Shayna Porter said. “I was down in the middle of some tall trees there.”
Davis had a team-high 13 points for PCC. Edwards notched 10 points and 14 rebounds, along with five steals and a pair of blocks.
The Aztecs rode a strong second half to an 88-80 home victory over Eastern Arizona College on Jan. 26.
Pima broke open a 46-46 contest with a 9-0 run midway through the second half, and never looked back.
Five Aztecs scored in double figures, including Edwards, Roche, Porter, Scott and freshman guard Felicia Foster.
PCC also used a decisive second half to defeat Glendale Community College on Jan. 23, winning 76-67.
Edwards led Pima with 20 points in the road victory.
Davis was named ACCAC Division II Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3. She averaged 15.5 points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals per game in the two contests played in that time period.
PCC was scheduled to play at Phoenix College on Feb. 6. The paper went to press before results were available.
Feb. 9: @ Scottsdale CC, Scottsdale, 6 p.m.
Feb. 13: South Mountain CC, West Campus, 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 16: @ Mesa CC, Mesa, 2 p.m.
Feb. 19: Tohono O’odham CC, West Campus, 5:30 p.m.