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Lancer Center Scott's 31 Points Too Much For Bakersfield, 82-60

Lancer Center Scott's 31 Points Too Much For Bakersfield, 82-60 image

Pasadena City College's Dominique Scott exhibited exactly the type of play that head coach Joe Peron was hoping from his talented, 6-2 freshman center as her season-high 31 points and 12 rebounds helped the Lancers get past Bakersfield, 82-60, in a non-conference game Saturday night at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

Scott, from Palisades High, had been touted by Peron as a go-to scorer along with returning sophomore guard Kim Smith as the pair figured to be the focal point of the team's offense in 2009-2010. Smith added 18 points, 4 assists and 3 steals. 

The Lancers are on a 4-game winning streak that has propelled them to an 11-2 overall record. 

PCC took a 46-27 halftime lead thanks to the inside play of Scott, who had 18 of her points in the first 20 minutes. The Lancers' defense made 12 of its season-high 17 steals in the first half, creating several fast break baskets.

Scott was 15-for-25 from the field overall and had 9 offensive rebounds, several times following up her own misses for layups. 

Frosh guard Anna Shahinian added 9 points, 5 assists, and 3 steals while first-year forward Katie Nelson has turned into PCC's sixth woman with another strong effort off the Lancer bench--9 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocked shot. 

Bakersfield was within one point, 17-16, midway through the first half, but the Lancers responded with a 13-2 run capped on a steal and layup by guard Stephanie DeFrance. Consecutive baskets by Scott increased that lead to 18 at 40-22 with 4:12 left in the period.

The Renegades (4-6) lost despite a top-notch performance from starting center Alexi Smith, who scored 22 points and grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds. Kaileigh Christensen also had a double-double on 13 points and 11 rebounds. 

PCC made just 9 turnovers compared to 26 by Bakersfield. 

The 31 points by Scott is the most by an individual in a regular season PCC game since Yolonda Johnson scored 33 in a 2005 game v. San Bernardino Valley College. Smith scored 35 in a CCCAA Tournament semifinal game back in March. 

[Photo--Dominique Scott finishes off a fast-break opportunity for 2 of her 31 points in the PCC women's basketball team's 82-60 victory over Bakersfield Saturday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 12/19/09
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