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Pima women roast Artichokes to give coach Holthaus 400th career win

The Pima Community College women’s basketball team (20-5, 14-3 in ACCAC) took control with a double-digit lead after the first quarter and didn’t let up on Saturday at the West Campus Gymnasium.

The No. 8-ranked Aztecs defeated the Artichokes 97-74, giving head coach Todd Holthaus his 400th career victor as a  head coach. He had 160 wins at Flowing Wells High School from 1998-2005 and sits at 240 wins at Pima.

Freshman Jacqulynn Nakai (Coconino HS) finished with a game-high 24 points on 8 for 13 shooting. She also had nine assists and three steals. Sophomore Izzy Spruit (Mesquite HS) went 6 for 13 from three-point range and finished with 21 points. She also had six rebounds and three steals.

Sophomore Christine Ortega (Flowing Wells HS) secured a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore Alliyah Bryant (Mesquite HS) scored nine points off the bench.

After the game, coach Holthaus was recognized for his milestone.

“This (400 wins) is just the accumulation of what the great players I’ve had the privilege of coaching have done,” Holthaus said. “I’m just blessed to have them in my life and be at a place like Pima that allows me to do what I love.”

The Aztecs earned a regular season sweep over the Artichokes. They won 95-53 last month in Scottsdale.

The Aztecs hit the road on Wednesday when they play a tough match-up at Cochise College (Division I) at 5:30 p.m. The Aztecs will look for retribution as they fell 81-66 last month at the West Campus. The loss is Pima’s only blemish at the West Campus Gymnasium this season (10-1).

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Pima women's basketball head coach Todd Holthaus celebrated his 400th career victory as a head coach with his family and his team after Pima beat Scottsdale Community College 97-74. The Aztecs improved to 20-5 overall and 14-3 in ACCAC conference play.

(8) Pima CC Aztecs 97, Scottsdale CC Artichokes 74

SCC     15     18     19     22     74
PCC     27     23     23     24     97