Central Arizona has a little more breathing room and Mesa a little less as the first half of the ACCAC women's basketball season comes to a close.
CAC (16-3, 11-0) won twice last week to remain the only conference basketball team unbeaten in league play. The Vaqueras made easy work of Scottsdale, 80-36, with Ayanna Clark connected on 8-11 shots for 17 points and added 11 rebounds, while Makayla Pippen also scored 17. In a 76-62 victory over Eastern Arizona, Clark tossed in 29 more and had 15 rebounds and Pippin canned 21. In addition, Jenay Bojorquez chipped in with ten assists.
Mesa, however, saw its margin for second place slip to one game after a 59-57 loss at home to South Mountain. Prima Chellis led the way for the Cougars with 23 points, including the game winner with less than a second remaining. MCC (12-6, 9-2) had three players with 12 each. Earlier in the week the T-Birds won their third straight road game, 65-59, at Chandler-Gilbert. Jacey Salabiye led Mesa with 16 points while Bryar Tronnier topped CGCC with 20 and 13 rebounds.
Cochise (16-3, 8-3) and Pima (14-4, 8-3) are tied for third place. Both won twice last week. The Apaches clipped Glendale, 89-42, shooting .548 from the floor. Raena Suggs led the way with 19 points while Chantel Sloan scored 12 for GCC. CC then went on the road and beat Phoenix, 72-66. Suggs and Kayla Harris both scored 20 with Harris adding 11 rebounds. It was the eighth straight win for Cochise. The Bears got 17 from Valiyah.
Pima knocked off Phoenix, 73-68 with Hallie Lawson scoring 17 and Alyssa Perez added 16. The Bears had three players with 13 each. The Aztecs then beat Glendale, 80-53, as Lawson dropped in another 20 points.