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Women's Cagers Recover To Go 2-1 At Desert Tournament

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Still stinging from its 72-68 loss to Mt. San Jacinto November 27, the Pasadena City College women's basketball team played stronger defense to pick up two victories in closing out the College of the Desert Round-Robin Thanksgiving Tournament November 28-29.

The Lancers are 7-1 after posting a 66-52 win over Saddleback and then routing host Desert, 92-55, in the final contest Sunday. PCC set the tone in both games by stifling the opponents' defensively, holding Saddleback to 20 first-half points and Desert to 26. PCC held 14-point leads in both games on its way to the triumphs.

In the Saddleback win, freshman center Dominique Scott dominated the play with 24 points and 16 rebounds. Sophomore guard Kim Smith added 11 points while sophomore center Cherisa Sellers contributed 8 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Frosh guard Stephanie DeFrance delivered 6 points and 4 steals.

Against Desert, freshman forward Melanie Araula (La Mirada High) had a breakout performance by scoring 20 points (8-for-12 from the floor). Scott (Palisades High) was equally effective with 20 points (8-for-13 shooting) and 9 rebounds. Smith added 14 points and 3 assists, and frosh guard Anna Shahinian (Glendale High) tallied 8 points, hitting 2-for-2 on 3-point baskets. Eleven different Lancers scored in the contest.

In the loss to Mt. San Jacinto, Shahinian kept PCC in the game with 21 points, including 3 treys and a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Smith scored 13 points (7-for-8 from the line) and Scott had another double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. DeFrance (Blair High) contributed 8 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. PCC shot well on free throws, making 23-for-29 for a .793 shooting percentage. 

After 8 games, Smith is the team's top scorer at 17.6 points per contest and she leads in assists (2.9 per game). Scott is averaging a double-double at 14.8 points and 11.8 rebounds, plus her .603 shooting percentage from the floor is a team best. Shahinian is averaging 13.6 points and has proven strong from 3-point range, making 15 of 32 attempts (.469), and outstanding at the line (22 of 28 free throws, .786).

PCC hosts Fullerton College Friday, December 4 in a 5:30 p.m. non-conference game.

[Photo--Dominique Scott (34) fires a pass to Stephanie DeFrance in an early season game. Scott is quickly becoming a scoring, rebounding force for the Lancers, image by Richard Quinton.]


Release Date: 12/02/09
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