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Women's Basketball Stops Ventura Again, Wins 10th Rose City Title
For the second time in 2009, the Pasadena City College women's basketball team stopped a Ventura College undefeated streak. On Saturday, the Lancers captured their own Rose City Classic tournament title for the 10th time in 12 seasons, knocking off the state No. 1-ranked Pirates, 81-72.
The defending state champion Lancers (10-2) were ranked No. 2 coming into this week's play and are responsible for each of the last two losses by Ventura. The Pirates were 12-0 coming into the Rose City finale, and were 34-0 when they were beaten by PCC in the CCCAA state semifinals in March.
PCC has won each of the last seven chapters of the December host tournament.
Smith haunted Ventura in a mini deja vu performance of her state semifinal, 35-point game against the Pirates. The sophomore guard tied a PCC school record for highest free throw percentage by making all 10 of her line attempts. That brought back memories of her state tournament record 23 free throws made (29 attempts) at the Final 8.
Overall, PCC made 17 of 21 free throws for a season-best 81 percent efficiency.
Erika Ward led Ventura with 21 points and Amanda Padilla added 20 points and 8 assists.
[Photo--Stephanie DeFrance brings the ball up the floor for the Lancers in their Rose City Classic clinching, 81-72 victory over Ventura Saturday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 12/12/09