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Women's Cagers Roar Back In Finals To Win San Jose Classic

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The Pasadena City College women's basketball team battled back from 18 points down in the first half to outlast Santa Rosa, 70-66, in capturing the San Jose City College Lady Jaguar Classic Tuesday.

Tournament MVP and frosh center Dominique Scott accomplished double-doubles in all three games of the tourney, including 17 points and 12 rebounds in the finals victory. All-Tourney selection and sophomore guard Kim Smith led PCC with 27 points, including 7-for-11 at the free throw line and a pair of 3-point field goals.

PCC dug a hole early in the championship game, but managed to cut it to 10 points, 47-37, by halftime. In the second half, the Lancers continued to whittle away the Santa Rosa lead before finally pulling ahead in the last three minutes. PCC outscored the Bear Cubs, 33-19, in the second half.

Sophomore guard Melissa Fudge hit a driving layup to give PCC a 1-point lead late in the contest. With 30 seconds left, freshman guard Anna Shahinian converted two free throws to seal the triumph. Shahinian finished with 12 points. For Santa Rosa (10-5), Charlene Popoff scored 24 points and grabbed 13 boards.

The defending state champion Lancers (14-2 overall) extended their winning streak to seven games and picked up their third tournament title of the year (also won their own Rose City Classic and Hilton Garden Inn tourneys)

In the semifinals played Monday, Scott (pictured) scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Lancers defeat Fresno City College, 68-61. Smith added 17 points and sophomore center Cherisa Sellers doubled up with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Shahinian hit four free throws in the final minute to put the game away as she finished with 8 points.

In the first round on Sunday, Scott tallied 20 points and 10 rebounds in a 67-58 win over Contra Costa. Shahinian poured in 14 points and Sellers 11. Freshman forward Katie Nelson came off the bench to contribute 8 points, mostly on perimeter jumpers.

PCC begins the new year with a Friday, Jan. 8 home game againts Los Angeles Southwest College. Tip-off is 5:30 p.m. at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

Release Date: 12/29/09
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu