The Pima Community College women’s basketball team (7-6) had to recover from a rough first half and a diminished lead in the second half but the Aztecs defeated Gillette College (WY) 65-64 in the first day of the Bruce Fleck Classic held at the West Campus.
With eight seconds left in the game, Julia Cooper (Catalina Foothills HS) inbounded the ball to Raja Moreno-Ross (Tucson Magnet HS) inside the paint and she drew the foul. She missed her first free throw and Gillette College called timeout but it didn’t ice Moreno-Ross as she nailed the second free throw. A final shot attempt missed the mark which ended the game.
The Aztecs fell behind in the first half as Gillette College dominated the glass to take a 31-21 lead at halftime. Gillette College’s biggest lead would come early in the second half at 33-21 but the Aztecs chipped away. Down 41-35, Pima went on an 11-1 run to take a 46-42 lead and later an 8-1 run to take one of their biggest leads of the night at 54-45. The margin was match later when Rachel Williams (Cesar Chavez HS) hit a three-pointer to make it 57-48 but Gillette College came back to tie the game at 62-62 with 1:29 left and again at 64-64.
Alicia Jones (Palo Verde HS) hit four 3-pointers for the game; three in the second half to finish with a game-high 21 points. Williams hit three 3-pointers for the game and also hit two crucial free throws to put Pima up 64-62. She was 4 for 4 from the free-throw line finishing with 19 points. Moreno-Ross had 12 points and 15 rebounds.
The Aztecs will play Quest Academy of Preparatory Education (NV) tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the West Campus in the second day of the Bruce Fleck Classic.
PCC 21 44 65
GC 31 33 64
Other Bruce Fleck Classic scores:
Western Texas College 74, Cochise College 70
Central Arizona College 83, Quest Prep (NV) 58