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Nakai in double digits as Pima women's basketball goes 1-1 in Eastern Az Classic

The Pima Community College women’s basketball team (1-1) opened the regular season on Friday and Saturday at the Eastern Arizona Classic in Thatcher.

The No. 6-ranked Aztecs (Division II) suffered a demoralizing loss on Friday but bounced back on Saturday as they beat Howard College (Division I) 66-56. The Aztecs outscored the Hawks 20-11 in the second quarter.

Freshman Jacqulynn Nakai (Flagstaff HS) scored a game-high 18 points to go along with four rebounds and five assists. Sophomore Izzy Spruit (Mesquite HS) went 5 for 9 from three-point range and finished with 17 points. Sophomore Aubre Fortner contributed with six points and eight rebounds.

The Aztecs suffered a 77-43 loss to No. 6-ranked New Mexico Junior College (Division I) to open the regular season.

Nakai finished with a team-high 13 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists. The Aztecs shot 4 for 39 from the three-point stripe.

“We play bigger and better Division I teams to prepare ourselves for our conference,” Pima women’s basketball head coach Todd Holthaus said. “We have a lot of new faces that need to be exposed to tough competition. It was a good weekend for us to start the season.”

The Aztecs open ACCAC conference play on Tuesday as they host Glendale Community College at the West Campus. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.

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Freshman Jacqulynn Nakai averaged 15.5 points in Pima's two games at the Eastern Arizona Classic. The Aztecs went 1-1 and will begin ACCAC conference play on Tuesday against Glendale Community College at the West Campus Gymnasium.

Saturday's result

(6) Pima CC Aztecs 66, Howard College Hawks 56

Friday's result

(6, Div. I) New Mexico JC Thunderbirds 77, (6, Div. II) Pima CC Aztecs 43