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Second-Half Surge Gives Women's Basketball SCC-Opening Win

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For one half, host El Camino College-Compton Center gave the defending state champion Pasadena City College women's basketball team all it could handle in tying the Lancers, 23-23, after 20 minutes. But this was PCC's South Coast Conference North Division opener, and fortunately for the Lancers, they had 20 more minutes to reveal their potential.

PCC proceeded to double the score on the Tartars, 46-23, in the second half and posted a 69-46 victory Friday evening. The Lancers are 17-2 and extended their winning streak to 10 games. Compton dropped to 4-10.

Compton led early, 9-8, but even though PCC went on a 5-minute scoring drought, the Lancers took a 10-9 lead on guard Kim Smith's layup with 11:10 left in the half. The Tartars went on an 8-minute scoreless stretch, but eventually took a 22-21 lead on a baseline jumper by O'Tina McKinstry. PCC center Dominique Scott allowed the Lancers to go into the halfttime break tied by hitting an inside basket with 11 seconds left in the period.

In the second half, Smith opened by making a spin move and layup for a quick Lancers' lead, 25-23, an advantage PCC would not relinquish. A key moment occurred with 12:12 left in the game as Smith drew a foul and Compton's Dana Alford was whistled for a technical foul for arguing the call. Smith proceeded to make four free throws and moments later forward Melania Araula sank a 3-point bomb that made it 40-31.

Smith, the team's sophomore leader, overcame a poor start by making 8-for-14 from the floor, 6-for-7 from the line, dishing out 6 assists and grabbing 5 rebounds to finish with a game-high 22 points. Scott, a freshman, added 17 points, 12 rebounds and had 4 steals.

Frosh guard Stephanie DeFrance was steady defensivley and totaled 6 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Araula, a freshman from La Mirada High, earned long minutes off the bench and ended with 5 points and 6 rebounds. Reserve sophomore guard Melissa Fudge also saw more minutes and added 5 points. Starters Katie Nelson (3 steals) and Anna Shahinian each scored 7 points, all in the second half.

For Compton, 6-foot-3 center Devan Satchell totaled 14 points, 13 rebounds and blocked 3 shots. Satchell gave PCC problems in the first half in using her height to tally inside baskets.

PCC next travels to face LA Trade Tech College Wednesday, January 20 in a 5:30 p.m. conference tip-off. The Lady Techsters had a season-long, 16-game winning streak snapped by Mt. San Antonio, 61-50, Friday.

[Photo--Lancer Melanie Araula (black jersey) goes for the loose ball against the Tartars' Valeeta Perry in PCC's 69-46 victory Friday at El Camino College-Compton Center, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 01/15/10
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