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Women's Hoops Wins Sloppy One Over LA Southwest, 73-49
Despite making a season-high 33 turnovers, the Pasadena City College women's basketball team endured the mistakes and posted its eighth straight victory, 73-49, over LA Southwest College Friday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
The defending state champions improved to 15-2 overall. LA Southwest dropped to 8-9.
The Lancers actually trailed at one point, 9-8, but went on a 14-4 run to end the first half and built a 34-17 lead. In the second half, sophomore guard Kim Smith made back-to-back layups off of her own steals to give PCC a 40-19 advantage. A 3-pointer from the corner by Anna Shahinian put the game away at 50-29 with 12:45 remaining.
Smith played one of her best all-around games of the season as she poured in a game-high 23 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, dished out 7 assists and added 3 steals. Smith was 10-for-15 from the floor while her rebounds and assists were both season highs for the All-South Coast Conference letterman.
Freshman center Dominique Scott again proved her dominance as a post player with 16 points and 16 rebounds. She also blocked 3 shots and made 4 steals. Shahinian, a freshman guard, added 14 points. Point guard Stephanie DeFrance continues to improve as she tallied 8 points, 5 assists and 3 steals. Sophomore center Cherisa Sellers helped Scott control the inside with 10 rebounds and 6 points.
LA Southwest was paced by Makeda Beadle with 13 points (7-for-8 from the free throw line) and Markea Holt with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. The Cougars ended with 24 turnovers.
If some fans were seeing double, or wondering why PCC's 2009 state tournament MVP Kinyada Johnson was playing in a Cougars road jersey, you can forgive them. Johnson, of course, finished her two seasons at PCC last year, but her identical twin sister has decided to follow in her footsteps as a community college player. Keyanna Johnson is a freshman guard at LA Southwest and she finished with 11 points.
Because reserves were having trouble on offensive possessions, Peron was forced to play his starters late in the game. The PCC backups had 12 turnovers and scored only six points. Overall, the Cougars had something to do with PCC's mistakes, forcing 19 of the turnovers via steals, including 5 by Brittney Lankford.
PCC next plays at El Camino College (Torrance) on Wednesday, Jan. 13 in a 5:30 p.m. tipoff. The Lancers then begin the 8-game, South Coast Conference North Division schedule on Friday, Jan. 15 at El Camino College-Compton Center.
[Photo--Cherisa Sellers, a sophomore center, makes the acrobatic steal during PCC's 73-49 victory over LA Southwest College Friday night, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 01/08/10