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Women's Basketball Can't Recover From Mt. SAC Run, Lose 69-46

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When guard Anna Shahinian took a baseline shot that deflected off a Mt. San Antonio player's hand right into the basket, it seemed everything was going right for the Pasadena City College women's basketball team Wednesday night. The odd basket capped a 15-0 scoring run by the defending state champion Lancers that gave them a commanding 15-2 lead six minutes into the South Coast Conference North Division game. 

By the time PCC scored its next field goal, a layup by Kim Smith, it ended an agonizing 10:44 stretch without baskets. The host Mounties had put together a monster 30-2 run during Pasadena's drought on their way to ending the Lancers' 12-game winning streak, 69-46. 

PCC had actually cut a 15-point lead to six by halftime, 33-27, on Melissa Fudge's steal and basket. But Mt. SAC responded by completely dominating the second half, building the lead to as much as 30 points while the Lancers went back into another scoring funk. 

Winning for the fifth time in the past six meetings against their division rivals, the Mounties took over first place in the SCC North at 3-0 and 17-5 overall. Scoring its team season low, Pasadena fell to second place at 3-1 and saw its overall record slip to 19-3.

PCC Head Coach Joe Peron said the loss reminded him of "watching a replay" of the team's last defeat, a 62-48 loss to Fullerton College back on December 4.

"It was the same game. We take a big early lead, then they go on a big scoring run. We stopped scoring, and then stopped playing. Mt. SAC went to a zone and we couldn't hit any perimeter shots.  They did a great job of controlling the paint, denying our post players on defense. We couldn't get rebounds."

The Mounties indeed controlled the boards, outrebounding PCC, 53-28. PCC's offense wasn't creative, making a season-low 2 assists.

Shahinian was one of the few Lancers to compete well v. Mt. SAC as she scored a team-high 20 points, including 13 in the first half. Smith, who missed the team's win over East Los Angeles last week due to injury, was limited to 11 points while Fudge added 9 points and 2 steals off the bench.

Center Dominique Scott, who was coming off an ankle sprain, didn't start, but finished with 9 rebounds off the bench. She was held to 1 point. Only six players reached the scoreboard, and just four via shots from the field. PCC shot 34 percent from the floor overall and struggled at the line in the second half of the game, hitting only 1-for-8 on free throws (12-for-22 overall). 

Mt. SAC was paced by Brittney Lewis with 18 points, including 3-for-5 on 3-point baskets. Kimiere Hawkins had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Tanisa Braxton was a force inside as well with 13 rebounds and 6 points. The Mounties had 23 offensive rebounds, which led to 17 second-chance points. 

Going into this week's play, PCC was ranked No. 3 in the CCCWBCA State Poll with Mt. SAC in the No. 5 slot. 

PCC will try to regroup when it hosts unranked Cerritos College in a SCC interdivision game on Wednesday, February 3. Tip-off is 5:30 p.m. at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. 

[Photo--Anna Shahinian, a freshman guard from Glendale High, pulls up for a shot during PCC's 69-46 loss at Mt. San Antonio College Wednesday evening, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 01/27/10
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