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Winners of 9 Titles, Women's Hoops Host 12th Rose City Classic Dec. 10-12
The Pasadena City College women's basketball team loves playing in its home tournaments. The Lancers captured the season-opening Hilton Garden Inn Classic title in November, and now look forward to this week's 12th Rose City Classic Tournament to be played Thursday-Saturday, December 10-12 at PCC's Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
PCC Head Coach Joe Peron has seen his teams dominate the Rose City Classic, winning nine of the previous 11 chapters of the tourney, including the last six consecutively.
The anticipation is greater than ever for this year's event because of the potential for the meeting of the state's current two top-ranked teams, No. 2 PCC and No. 1 Ventura. The Lancers and Pirates have developed a recent rivalry, starting with a hotly contested regional playoff in 2007 (won by PCC) and last season's 106-93 victory by the Lancers in the CCCAA Semifinals when Pasadena ruined Ventura's undefeated season and 34-game winning streak. PCC then won the final for the college's first-ever women's sports team state title.
The star of that semifinals win is back for PCC in sophomore guard Kim Smith, who scored a PCC state tourney record 35 points, including converting a state single-game record 23 of 29 free throws.
Ventura is 10-0 this season and open the tourney against San Bernardino Valley in a 4 p.m. tipoff Thursday. The Lancers (7-2 record) open in the other 4-team bracket against Santa Monica at 8 p.m. Also in the first round, MiraCosta faces last year's Rose City runner-up LA Pierce (6 p.m.) and Napa Valley plays West Los Angeles (2 p.m.).
PCC and Ventura could meet in the title game on Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Lancers are coming off a tough 62-48 home loss December 4 against Fullerton, a team that also handed PCC one of the team's four defeats last season. Pasadena jumped out to a 19-4 lead, but the Hornets came flying back to cut it to 26-24 by halftime. Fullerton controlled the second half, leading by as much as 15 points with six minutes remaining.
For PCC, Smith scored 16 points, Anna Shahinian 12, and Dominique Scott 11. Fullerton was led by Taiyande Huskey with 20 points and 5 assists.
Peron said that Fullerton changed to a 2-3 zone that caused problems for the Lancers' offense in the second half. The Lancers didn't score their first field goal of the second half until 12:15 left, then didn't pick up another basket until 7:30 to go.
[Photo--Kim Smith will be watched closely by opponents in this week's Rose City Classic at PCC, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 12/09/09