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Lady Monsters Defeat Chandler-Gilbert

If you were to ask Ryan McAdams before the season if his team would be in position to take first place, he’d just smile. The Eastern Arizona College women’s basketball team took another step toward that goal with a 76-72 win over Gilbert/Chandler on Wednesday. This sets up a 1-2 showdown Saturday, when EAC hosts first-place Central.

The Gila Monsters took an 11-point lead early in the first half but the Coyotes kept nibbling away and closed out the half, with a 12-4 run to go to the locker room with the lead, 36-34. Shakita Cox led the Monsters’ second-half comeback, scoring 9 of the teams first 11 points in the half. She ended the night with 15, and it was Cox’s second 3-pointer that put the game out of reach in the closing seconds. “I felt like I wasn’t doing anything in the first half,” Cox said. “So I got my confidence back with a couple of shots in the second half. I felt it gave a little spark for the team.”

Shaunice Robinson led the team with a game-high 23 points, including 15 in the first half. She went nine for 17 from the field and five for 10 at the foul line. She also muscled five rebounds, had three assists and three steals. The Monsters bench also produced, combining for 20 points. And Lawre’ll Dobbins finished strong with 6 of the Monsters' final 10-points, all off offensive rebounds.

“We did well despite not shooting well,” McAdams said. “We need to shoot better free throws.

“We just had a nine-day road trip, and this win means a lot,” the EAC head coach continued. “At this point in the season, it's all grind.”

Kia Sandoval had a late surge to lead the Coyotes with 16, Emily Nelson had 15, and Malarie Williams had 14.

EAC (5-1 in conference, 9-2 overall) will host Central (4-0, 9-2) Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Guitteau Gymnasium.

by Jay David Murphy sportsguy@eacourier.com

Eastern Arizona Courier