YUMA, Ariz.---Ice cold shooting and late turnovers turned a nine point lead into a double-digit loss as the Arizona Western College Matadors fell 64-56 to the Phoenix College Bears Wednesday night.
The Matadors held a 44-35 advantage midway through the third quarter before being outscored 29-12 over the final 15 minutes including a 16-2 run by the Bears to close out the game.
Phoenix guard Chloe Wearrington was a constant threat throughout, connecting on 5 of 11 three pointers and finished 19 points. Tyra Euell-Long generated 8 assists as forward Alyssa Marin helped propel the bears with 18 points of her own.
AWC opened strong and jostled with the Bears five times for the lead in the first three quarters. But with the scored tied at 56, Euell-Long’s only three of the night provided the difference and Phoenix pulled away down the stretch.
Arizona Western dominated the glass, especially on the offensive end, with 18 offensive boards. But they couldn’t convert, especially from distance.
The Mats were a solid 5 of 12 from three in the first half but went ice cold finishing the game by missing their final 16 three-point attempts (5-28 on the night, 17.9%)
Matadors Forward, and reigning ACCAC player of the week, Mar Ibern recorded her third double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
The loss drops the Mats to 5-11 overall and 3-5 in ACCAC play. They hit the road on Saturday to take on Glendale at 2pm. The game can be heard on AM 560 KBLU.