GLENDALE, Ariz. – In game that featured a barrage of three-pointers throughout, the Arizona Western Lady Matadors (14-14 overall, 9-11 ACCAC) used one to force overtime and another long ball to hold off the Glendale Gauchos (7-21 overall, 0-20 ACCAC) Wednesday night.
Buse Utku’s step back three forced overtime in a game that Arizona Western trailed a majority of.
Michelle Corley knocked down the deciding three in the final minute to complete the road win.
But it was Glendale who started hot from three as Kaylee Kriwer and Zya Burk led the Gauchos to seven first half three’s.
The Matadors pulled close at the break as Faith Silva hit three of her own as a part of 11 first half points, cutting Glendale’s lead to 30-28 at the half.
Silva continued the attack in the second half and ended up tying her career high with six total three’s and led the Matador offense with 23 points.
But Burk matched the game high 23 points for Glendale and the Gauchos found away to maintain the lead late at the free-throw line.
Down 60-57 with just a few seconds left, Utku shook free of her defender to hit a step back three and tie the game, forcing overtime.
The Matadors traded buckets with the Gauchos for much of overtime before Corley’s three proved to be the difference, holding up with a 71-69 final.
Arizona Western continues on the road Saturday, the final road trip of the season, at Eastern Arizona College beginning at 5:30pm. The game will be available to livestream via Eastern Arizona College.
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.