The Chandler-Gilbert Community College women’s basketball team picked a bad time to have a rare off day.
By KYLE ODEGARD
FOR THE TRIBUNE
After a season in which it was routinely ranked in the top 20 in the country, the Coyotes (24-9) on Thursday looked like anything but a top-tier team.
They committed 32 turnovers and shot just 37.8 percent from the field in an 82-73 loss to Mott (Mich.) Community College in the second round of the NJCAA Division II national tournament at Phoenix College.
“We cost ourselves a lot of opportunities because of our mental mistakes,” Chandler-Gilbert coach Cassandra Yancy said. “We just didn’t play our game.”
The score was tied at 69 with 6:26 remaining, but Mott (28-7) used a 7-0 run to take control.
Chandler-Gilbert had multiple opportunities to close to one possession late but couldn’t find the bucket.
Mott’s Candace Ward led all scorers with 35 points.
Nikita Gordon had 16 points and 17 rebounds for Chandler-Gilbert, but shot just 30 percent from the field. Sarah Hays had 21 points and pulled down 16 boards.
Chandler-Gilbert will play in the consolation bracket against Prince George’s (Md.) Community College at noon today. Mott advances to play Illinois Central
in the semifinals.