YUMA, Ariz. – A massive second quarter burst that included runs of 20-0 and 19-0 launched the Arizona Western Lady Matadors (16-14 overall, 11-11 ACCAC) out to an insurmountable lead en route to an 86-41 win over the Scottsdale Fighting Artichokes (9-17 overall, 4-18 ACCAC) on Sophomore Night Tuesday at The House.
The Matadors honored three sophomores at halftime of the ball game, but it was team leader Harria Mendoza that sparked the offense with 9 of the 13 first quarter points to lead by three at the end of the period.
The second quarter started conspicuously with neither team scoring a single point in the first two and a half minutes. Arizona Western, for all their struggles, had started the first 12 minutes of the game without a single three-pointer made out of ten attempts.
It was at the seven and a half mark on the scoreboard in which Faith Silva changed both trends, connecting on a three for the first points of the period.
Arizona Western then went on a remarkable tear by forcing turnovers and connecting on shots. Silva hit her next four three-pointers on consecutive positions with an Arlyssa Underwood layup mixed in. Hanah Sims hit the sixth straight three before Mendoza connected on another three, the seventh straight attempt that the Matadors connected on.
Silva hit on her sixth consecutive attempt, the team’s eighth, before Buse Utku knocked down the ninth.
That stretch covered two jaw-dropping runs for Arizona Western. The Matadors started on a 20-0 run in the period to lead 33-10, and followed it up with a 19-0 run resulting in a 52-13 lead.
It’s the largest scoring half of the season and the nine consecutive three’s fell one short of a program record.
Silva had 21 of those second quarter points in a five minute span and finished by setting a new career high with 7 total three’s on the night and 24 points in the game.
The Matadors recognized the hard work and commitment to the program of Mendoza, and fellow sophomores Kyndal Ricks and Kawena Kaohimaunu during halftime.
That was before Mendoza finished off her career in Yuma by powering the final two quarters with 12 more points for 21 on the night.
While the three-point display was impressive, the Matadors 13 was just a portion of a complete team effort with a bulk of the offense coming off of the 31 turnovers they forced from Scottsdale.
Arizona Western converted those into 41 total points.
The Artichokes hit 12 total field goals, 8 of which were three’s.
The Lady Matadors finish the 2019-2020 campaign on a four game winning streak in addition to an above .500 season overall and .500 season in conference.
Arizona Western College is one of the top community colleges in Arizona. The college boasts partnerships with all three state universities that include face-to-face classes in Yuma.