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Pima College coach Todd Holthaus earns 300th career victory as Aztecs top Phoenix College
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Pima College coach Todd Holthaus earns 300th career victory as Aztecs top Phoenix College

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Pima College women's basketball coach Todd Holthaus, left, won his 300th college game on Tuesday night.

Pima College women's basketball coach Todd Holthaus earned his 300th career victory in Tuesday night's 71-51 win at Phoenix College.

The victories don't count the wins Holthaus amassed during his time as the head girls basketball coach at Flowing Wells High School. He also served as a UA women's basketball assistant coach under former Wildcats coach Joan Bonvicini before he was hired at Pima.

Holthaus celebrated the milestone by meeting up with former Pima stars Tia Morrison, Deana Blesdsoe, Gabby Banales, Taylor Blue, Felicia Foster and Shalise Fernander after the game.

Holthaus said the most striking thing about getting to 300 wins "is that it goes so fast."

"When I see those kids at games, they’ve got professional careers,” Holthaus said. “I love watching young people succeed. Seeing them at the game, it means I meant something to them and they came to see the team play. That’s kinda cool.”

Despite the final score, Tuesday night's win was anything but easy. The Aztecs trailed by three points after the first quarter, then rallied to take a 34-25 lead at halftime.

“We started off slow, playing a little fast and undisciplined,” Holthaus said. “We told them to stick to the game plan, play to our strengths and we’d eventually wear them out. Our strength is in the paint, getting the boards and to foul line is where we are most effective.”

Pima was led by Nikya Orange led the Aztecs with 19 points and 16 rebounds; Melissa Simmons added 12 points and Angel Addleman chipped in seven points, nine rebounds and five assists.

Pima improved to 6-2. The Aztecs will play their next game Dec. 1 at Glendale Community College.

Compiled in part from a news release.

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