CAC, Mesa, hold division leads in women's basketball

CAC, Mesa, hold division leads in women's basketball

  As the month clicked over to February, let's take a look at ACCAC women's basketball by divisions.

  In Division I, Central Arizona (20-3, 15-0) has a four-game lead on Cochise and a five game bulge over Eastern Arizona.

  CAC extended its winning streak to nine with two victories last week. The Vaqueras first beat Cochise, 73-67, as Ayanna Clark drained 27 points and had 23 rebounds. Makayla Pippin added 18 points. CC got 16 from Vinisha Sherrod and 15 off the bench from Sharmayne Finley. Central then topped Pima, 80-75, as Pippin had 26 and Clark and Jennay Bojorquez had 21 each. Clark added 12 more rebounds.

  Cochise (19-4, 11-4)  split two games. First was the loss to CAC. The Apaches rebounded with a 66-55 victory over Arizona Western. In that one, Raena Suggs led with 20 points while Buse Utku paced AZW with 15.

  Eastern Arizona (17-6, 10-5) has a three-game lead over AZW following a pair of wins. EAC first stopped Chandler-Gilbert, 63-54, with Danija Stafford scoring 17 and hauling down 22 rebounds. Mikayla Kayanni-Lee (17-13) and Bryar Tronnier (16-13) each had double-doubles for CGCC. The Gila Monsters also won over South Mountain, 77-55. In that one Stafford had 21 and 23 more rebounds.

  In Division II, Mesa has a three-game margin over Pima.

  The T-Birds (15-7, 12-3) first beat Phoenix, 64-49, as Raenesha Willis, Zyan Smith and Janelle Barkey each scored 12, but Smith and Barkey each had 16 rebounds, as well. Bozanna Zlaticanin had 11 for PC. MCC then topped Glendale, 68-46. This time it was Smith and Jacey Salabiye with 15 points and Smith also had 14 rebounds. Ali Denny scored 11 for GCC.

  Pima (15-7, 9-6) split two games. The Aztecs beat Arizona Western 78-71, in overtime as Alyssa Perez led the way with 17 and Hallie Lawson had 16. PCC then fell to Central Arizona.

  Chandler-Gilbert (12-10, 8-7) is in third place. The Coyotes fell to Eastern Arizona, but then knocked off Scottsdale, 78-57.

  That gives CGCC a one-game lead over two teams battling for fourth. South Mountain (9-10, 7-8), and Phoenix (7-16, 7-8) are fighting for the last playoff spot.