The Cochise College Women’s Basketball team finished their outstanding 2016-2017 season with a 28-4 overall record, which is the best record in school history! With a 19-3 conference record, Cochise earned the top seed in the ACCAC playoffs, and after dominating Arizona Western, 62-33, Cochise claimed their first Region 1 Division 1 championship in more than 30 years! On March 20th, the 21-seed Apaches played the 12-seed Wabash Valley College in the first round of the NJCAA Tournament in Lubbock, TX and routed WVC 96-75. The victory gave Cochise their first ever national tournament victory in the history of the program. But on March 22nd, the Apaches historical season came to an end after a loss to the 5-seed Salt Lake CC, 57-48.
Cochise College Women’s Basketball team also celebrated a pair accolades for two of its players and one accolade for Head Coach, Laura Hughes. Forward Sophia Elenga earned First-Team ACCAC and First-Team Region 1-Division 1. Guard Shannon Powell earned Second-Team ACCAC and Second-Team all-Region 1-Division 1. Sixth-year Head Coach, Laura Hughes earned her second ACCAC Coach of the Year by leading the 23rd nationally ranked Apaches to a 19-3 conference record and 28-4 overall record. Elenga earned her honors by averaging 12.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per-game. She scored a season-best 20 points on four different occasions this season and also collected 15 rebounds in a game versus Arizona Western on February 4th. Powell averaged 10.6 points and 5 rebounds a game for Cochise, and scored a season-high 21 points twice this season. She pulled down a high 10 of rebounds against Pima College on January 7th and had a season-high 7 steals on January 25th versus Phoenix College.
We are extremely proud of all of the hard work these young ladies put in to make this season unforgettable and congratulate them on all of their success!