Lady Mats strug­gle in 2nd half

Yuma Sun - - SUN SPORTS - BY BRIAN FOGG @FOGGYSKIES

For one half the Ari­zona Western women’s bas­ket­ball team did what it needed to do to pull off an up­set, but the flood­gates burst open af­ter the break as they strug­gled to keep up with Cochise Col­lege at home Wed­nes­day night.

The Mats (2-7 over­all, 1-3 ACCAC) fell 55-36 to the Apaches (7-2, 3-1) af­ter only trail­ing by four at half­time. The game got away from AWC af­ter the break when Cochise be­came

CC: 7-2 over­all, 3-1 ACCAC AWC: 2-7 over­all, 1-3 ACCAC

a bit more as­sertive on the de­fen­sive end.

“De­fen­sively we played hard and com­peted,” AWC coach Pa­trick Cun­ning­ham said. “We re­bounded with them. In the end you have to be able to gen­er­ate some of­fense. If they’re con­vert­ing turnovers into points, it hurts. We couldn’t get to the freethrow line in the sec­ond half. The game got kind of rough, which fa­vors them, be­cause they are more ath­letic.”

AWC stayed back in a 2-3 zone and tried to shorten the game in the first half, and that worked. A layup and a 15-foot jumper from sopho­more for­ward Kayla

Cochise 55 AWC 36

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