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Ru­bio helped the team only trail 13-9 af­ter one.

The Mats were able to find some space in the mid­dle of the paint in drib­ble-drive sit­u­a­tions and move the ball around from there. Guards fresh­man Kyn­dal Ricks and sopho­more Mone Izumi were able to beat the first line of Cochise de­fend­ers through­out the first half and pen­e­trate into the mid­dle.

Ricks led AWC in scor­ing with seven points.

Early in the sec­ond quar­ter sopho­more guard Raven Roberts made backto-back threes on kick­outs and the game was tied at 15.

The Apaches be­gan to move the ball bet­ter against the zone and were able to take a 26-22 lead into the half.

“At times we start to share the ball a lit­tle bit more,” Cun­ning­ham said. “We would be a lit­tle more suc­cess­ful. The kids are try­ing to do the right things. We just have to be pa­tient on of­fense. We’ll fig­ure it out sooner or later.”

Af­ter a com­pet­i­tive first half, Cochise put any doubt to rest im­me­di­ately. The Apaches’ de­fen­sive in­ten­sity was pushed up a cou­ple of notches and they used that to get out in tran­si­tion a bit. They started the sec­ond half with a 9-0 run to go up 35-22, and that caused ma­jor is­sues for a Mats team that isn’t built to score in bunches.

Cochise be­gan mov­ing the ball in­side-out against the 2-3 zone and found a hand­ful of easy looks. Apache sopho­more winger Awa Keita caused AWC prob­lems with her 16 points in the game. Keita and her team­mates be­gan to move the ball and use their length on the in­side to pull away.

What was a four-point game at the half was 15 af­ter three quar­ters at 45-30.

There wouldn’t be a late come­back either as Cochise kept play­ing well on de­fense and held the Mats score­less for the fi­nal 5:19 of the game. AWC’s last field goal came from Ru­bio with 8:19 left in the game. Ru­bio also had six points.

The Mats were outscored 29-14 af­ter half.

“Right now we’re try­ing to space the floor,” Cun­ning­ham said. “You have to be able to make the play that’s there. Some­times we’re not mak­ing the next pass when we’re try­ing to make the next play to score.”

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