CAC, Mesa, produce small gap in women's basketball standings

CAC, Mesa, produce small gap in women's basketball standings

Central Arizona and Mesa have opened a small gap between themselves and the rest of the ACCAC in women's basketball after conference action from Jan. 6-12.

  CAC has a three-game margin in the standings and MCC a two-game lead after both won twice last week.

  The Vaqueras (14-3, 9-0) took two easy wins, 108-38 over Glendale and 80-47 at Phoenix, while the T-Birds (11-5, 8-1) won twice on the road, 67-60 at Eastern Arizona and 50-35 at Scottsdale.

  In the win over Glendale Central built a 35-7 first quarter lead and never looked back. Makayla Pippin led six players in double figures with 18 points, while Ayanna Clark had a double-double with 18 points and ten rebounds and Jenay Bojorquez had a different type of double-double, 11 points and ten assists. Clark followed with another big game of 24 points and 17 rebounds against Phoenix. PC got 12 points from Cameryn Harris.

In Mesa's victory over EAC Zyan Smith led the way with 21 points and 15 rebounds with Jacey Salabiye contributing 13 points. Danja Stafford had 12points and 11 rebounds for the Gila Monsters and Susi Nomoa chipped in with 12 points as well. The T-Birds then topped Scottsdale for their seventh win in their last eight games.

  Cochise and Pima are tied for third place at 6-3 in league play. Both won twice last week.

  CC, now 14-3 overall, first stopped Chandler-Gilbert, 73-53, with Vinisha Sherrod scoring 15 points and Kayla Harris adding 14 with 11 rebounds. The Apaches then beat South Mountain, 81-39, as Sherrod added 17 more points with a total of five Cochise players in double figures.

  For PCC (12-4) it was victories over the same two schools. In a 57-42 triumph over SMCC Hallie Lawson led the way with 13 points and 16 rebounds while Halle Price scored 17 for the Cougars with Prima Chellis contributing ten points and ten rebounds. Then, in a 77-60 win over CGCC, Haile Gleason came off the bench to toss in 20 points. Lawson added 18, Sierra Mich'l 16 and Alyssa Perez 14. Mikaila Kayaani-Lee and Bella Thibaudeau each scored 15 for CGCC and Bryar Tronnier had 12 points and 18 boards.

  Three other teams, Eastern Arizona, Arizona Western and Phoenix are all knotted at 5-4.