CAC, Mesa continue to lead women's basketball races

CAC, Mesa continue to lead women's basketball races

  Central Arizona has a commanding lead in ACCAC women's basketball Division I, but Mesa's Division II margin at the top slipped to two games, in action from Feb. 3-9.

  CAC (22-3, 17-0) inched closer to claiming the top seed at the Region I tournament with a pair of wins last week. The Vaqueras won at Tohono O'odham, 77-48, with Denali Hughes coming off the bench to score 16 and Jenay Bojorquez handing out 14 assists. Then Central topped South Mountain, 92-66. Ayanna Clark had 25 points and 15 rebounds and Makayla Pippin tossed in 24. Bojorquez added 11 more assists.

  Cochise (21-4, 13-4) picked up two wins. A 66-57 victory over Eastern Arizona gave it a two-game lead over EAC. In that one, Vanisha Sherrod scored 18, while Danija Stafford had a 20-17 double-double for the Gila Monsters. Next, the Apaches stopped Mesa, 68-60, as Raena Suggs dropped in 29. Zyan Smith paced MCC with an 18-10 double.

  Eastern (18-7, 11-6) has a four-game lead over Arizona Western for the final playoff spot. After the Gila Monsters lost to Cochise, they rebounded with a 56-42 win over Glendale. This time Stafford had a 19-15 double-double.

  Mesa's lead over Pima slipped to two games in Division II. The T-Birds (16-8, 13-4) first won on the road at Arizona Western, 56-53, with Zyan Smith recording a 15-18 double, but then MCC lost at home to Cochise.

  Meanwhile Pima (18-7, 11-6) won twice. First was a 79-45 win over Scottsdale. Hallie Lawson scored 20 in that one. Then the Aztecs won at Tohono O'odham, 92-66.

  Third and fourth places are a three-team battle.

  Chandler-Gilbert (13-11, 9-8) and Phoenix (9-16, 9-8) are deadlocked for third place.

  PC pulled into the tie with an 86-70 win over CGCC. Andrea Munoz had 23 in a reserve role fir the Bears in that one. They then defeated Scottsdale.

  Chandler-Gilbert finished the week with a 65-56 triumph over Arizona Western after falling to PC.

  South Mountain (10-11, 8-9) is still very much in the hunt for a playoff spot. The Cougars beat Glendale, 55-49, with Prima Chellis recording a 20-11 double-double before falling to CAC.