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Eleven Victories In A Row For Women's Basketball
In the past five days, Los Angeles Trade Tech College learned how tough it really is to play in the South Coast Conference North Division for women's basketball. After stringing together a 17-game winning streak to open the season, The Lady Techsters ran into the twin buzzsaw called Pasadena City College and Mt. San Antonio, two teams that have dominated the state the past several seasons.
After Mt. SAC ended Tech's run, 61-50, on January 15, the defending state champion Lancers sent Trade Tech to 0-2 in conference with a 65-60 road victory Wednesday night. PCC extended its current win streak to 11 games and improved to 18-2 overall and 2-0 in SCC North play.
Pasadena sophomore guard Kim Smith is making a serious case for possible regional player of the year honors after another stalwart effort. Smith tied her 2009-10 season-high with 27 points, making 10-for-15 from the field, 5-for-6 from the free throw line, and hitting two 3-pointers. Her two free throws with 19 seconds left put the game away.
The Lancers led 36-24 before a Trade Tech run sliced the lead to 40-35 at halftime. Trade Tech briefly took a lead early in the second half, but PCC controlled most of the final 20 minutes to secure the triumph.
For PCC, frosh center Dominique Scott tallied 13 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks and 3 steals. Sophomore guard Melissa Fudge came off the bench for 6 points and 4 steals.
Trade Tech was led by a familiar face in Niauni Brown, who played for PCC three seasons ago as an All-SCC Second Team forward. Brown has become one of LATT's top players as she netted 20 points and 6 rebounds against her former college.
PCC hosts East Los Angeles College Friday, January 22 in a 5:30 p.m. SCC contest at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
Lancer Notes: PCC had held its previous three opponents to under 50 points ... In last season's state title run, the Lancers lost their ninth game against Fullerton College to fall to 7-2, then put together a 16-game winning streak. This season, PCC could be duplicating the pattern, as its last defeat was against Fullerton in the ninth game this season on December 4. The team's record was also 7-2 after that loss, and now the current double-digit win streak. Could this be Deja vu for the Lancers? ... Going back to the start of a 6-year streak of reaching the CCCAA Championship Tournament in the 2003-2004 season, PCC Head Coach Joe Peron's record is an astonishing 194-25, an .886 winning percentage. In now his 14th season, Peron has a career mark of 342-88, a .795 clip.
[Photo--Kim Smith delivers a fake shot then pass during PCC's 65-60 victory at Los Angeles Trade Tech College Wednesday evening. Smith has 49 points in two conference wins, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 01/20/10