Yuma, Arizona – February 5, 2013 — Arizona Western College is proud to announce that AWC Women’s Basketball player Samantha Wallace has been named the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Division I Player of the Week for the week ending February 2nd. Wallace is the first AWC Women’s Basketball player to win the award since Wallace’s teammate, Lisette Longomo, took home the award in late January of last year. The announcement comes just three days after Wallace helped lead the Lady Matadors to a 61-40 victory over Glendale Community College Saturday afternoon in Phoenix.
Opponents must get easily frustrated trying to figure out what Wallace is thinking, since her face never seems to show stress or give away what her plan is when she’s on the court. The native of Sangre Grande, Trinidad & Tobago has definitely used that trait to her advantage in leading the Lady Matadors in scoring and rebounding nearly the entire season. This past week, Wallace methodically helped the Lady Mats beat down a pair of opponents in several different ways. Wednesday night against Chandler-Gilbert, Wallace got out of the scoring gates quickly by pouring in 15 points in the 1st half to help the Lady Mats build a 25-point halftime lead. Wallace let her teammates take care of the scoring in the second half, but still did plenty of the other things the Lady Mats rely on her for, finishing with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Saturday afternoon in Phoenix, while many of her teammates had trouble finding the range in the 1st half against the Lady Gauchos, Wallace rung up hoops early and often, registering 14 points by halftime. In the second half, Wallace helped the Lady Matadors pull away for their 8th straight victory as she led all scorers with 23 points, and pulled down 10 big rebounds while swatting away a pair of Glendale shot attempts. For the week, Wallace averaged 20 points, 8 ½ rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2 blocks. On the season, Wallace leads the Matadors in scoring (17 points per game), rebounds (11.4 per contest) and field goal percentage (54.3%), and she’s tied for the team lead (with Jacy Pagala) with a 33.3% 3-point shooting pace. She’s also 2nd on the squad in blocked shots (1.8 per game) and 3rd in steals (1.7 per game).
Wallace and the Lady Matadors now come home for a huge test against archrival Eastern Arizona College to lead off the ACCAC men’s-women’s basketball doubleheader. The Lady Matadors will go for their 9th straight win as they tip off the doubleheader at 5:30PM tomorrow night (Wednesday, February 6th), with the Matadors’ Men’s Basketball team to follow at 7:30PM. It will be Foothills Bank Night as well as Homewood Suites by Hilton Night at ‘The House’ on the AWC campus (2020 South Avenue 8E in Yuma). Admission prices are as follows: $5 admission for adults, $3 for military personnel (with valid military ID), seniors and students ages 12-17, and free for AWC students, NAU-Yuma students, Matador Athletic Association members and kids under the age of 12.