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Intentional Fouling By ELAC Mars Women's Hoops' 12th Consecutive Win
In a game where the Pasadena City College women's basketball team didn't have the services of top player Kim Smith and then lost its top forward Dominique Scott to an injury early on, the Lancers overcame the setbacks to post an 85-42, South Coast Conference North Division rout over visiting East Los Angeles College Friday night.
Unfortunately for the fans in attendance, PCC's 12th consecutive victory turned into an exhibition of poor sportsmanship by ELAC Head Coach Bruce Turner. Frustrated over the amount of calls that were going against his team, Turner ordered his players to foul PCC on every possession over the game's final seven minutes. The Huskies already had reached the double-bonus mark (10 fouls), which meant PCC would get an automatic two free throws for each foul.
While his message to game referees Mike Salas, Art Harrington, and Lamont King fell on deaf ears, the Lancers would shoot a staggering 44 free throw attempts, making 28 over those extremely long final minutes. By game's end, the Lancers had set school team records for most free throws attempted (64) and made (43) for a 67.2 percent efficiency. The Huskies were whistled for 28 second-half fouls and 42 for the game.
PCC upped its mark to 19-2 and 3-0 in the SCC North. ELAC dropped to 8-13 and 0-2.
The free throw clinic overshadowed the resiliency of the Lancers. Without Smith, who was nursing a foot injury, PCC's Scott suffered an ankle sprain at the 8:12 mark and with the game tied 9-9. Despite playing the last 32 minutes minus their top two scorers, the Lancers didn't miss a beat.
PCC sophomore center Cherisa Sellers sparked the team coming off the bench for the injured Scott. Sellers would score six points and block two shots during a 13-2 spurt that gave the Lancers a 22-12 lead with 7:20 left in the first half.
Leading 32-25 at halftime, PCC would outscore the Huskies, 9-1, to start the second half. Anna Shahinian hit a baseline jumper-and-one free throw to make it 41-26 just 3:06 into the period. Shahinian's 3-point bomb increased the margin to 53-33 a few minutes before ELAC employed its bizarre strategy to keep the officials busy and virtually put the fans to sleep.
Overall, the freshman Shahinian led Pasadena with 18 points. Frosh guard Stephanie DeFrance added 12 points and 6 steals while being the beneficiary of the intentional fouling as she made 10 of 18 free throws. Sellers finished with 11 points and 7 rebounds (5-for-5 at the line) in just 17 minutes of play.
Sophomore guard Melissa Fudge took advantage of a rare start by scoring 10 points. Off the bench, freshman forward Melanie Araulu was 7-for-10 at the line to score 9 points plus 6 rebounds. Guard Tiffany Deramus made 7-of-8 attempts for her 7 points and forward Ashley Quinonez added 6 points and 5 rebounds.
Eleven Lancers made free throws and all 12 PCC players reached the scoreboard.
ELAC finished with as many fouls (42) as points. PCC outscored the Huskies, 53-17, in the tedious second half.
PCC's victory sets up a showdown next Wednesday, January 27 when the Lancers play for first place in the division against rival Mt. San Antonio (16-5, 2-0 in SCC games).
[Photo--Tiffany Deramus shoots one of her team's school-record 64 free throw attempts in PCC's 85-42 victory over East Los Angeles at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium Friday night. In the background, teammates Tawney Kim (left) and Lora Benedetti (right) exemplified the bored mood of the players as the visiting Huskies purposely fouled PCC on each of its last 18 possessions, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 01/22/10