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New-Look Lineup Looking Good For Women's Basketball

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Coming off a disappointing loss to Mt. San Antonio College last week, the Pasadena City College women's basketball team decided it was time to change things up from a rotation and lineup point of view. 

PCC Head Coach Joe Peron inserted two brand new starters in sophomore guard Melissa Fudge and freshman forward Ashley Quinonez. But more importantly, forwards Katie Nelson and Cherisa Sellers played productive minutes as sparkplugs off the Lancers' bench.

The new rotation resulted in a balanced PCC attack overall that saw five players reach double figures in scoring as the Lancers downed Cerritos College, 83-72, in a South Coast Conference cross division game at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium Wednesday night. 

The state's No. 4-ranked Lancers improved to 20-3 overall. 

PCC never trailed, but had a 14-point lead shrink to one at 33-32 before moving out to a 46-38 halftime lead. In the second half, the Lancers built it to a 22-point advantage, 66-44, but Cerritos wouldn't go easily, cutting the score to 76-70 with 1:30 left. 

Lancers' starting sophomore guard Kim Smith made 7-for-8 from the free throw line in the final few minutes as she again paced PCC with 23 points. Smith's free throw shooting didn't make up for a dismal team performance from the line. The Lancers only made 14 of 30 charity attempts. 

Fudge had her best game of the season, scoring her season-high of 16 points plus 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Fudge has been a reserve guard going back to last season's state championship team. The lefty was 6-for-9 from the floor. 

PCC's bench also provided huge dividends from Nelson, who made her first five shots from the field to score all 10 of her points by halftime. The 5-foot-11 freshman from Burbank High added 6 rebounds.

Sophomore center Cherisa Sellers matched Nelson by also making her first five shots from the floor (5-for-6 overall). Sellers had her best game of the new year as she scored 10 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds. The 6-2 post player from Joliet, Illinois, added 3 steals and a block. 

Starting frosh guard Anna Shahinian made three 3-pointers as part of her 11 points. Quinonez, a 5-9 product of Monrovia High, aided the team effort with 2 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and a blocked shot. Freshman guard Stephanie DeFrance did her part off the bench with 4 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. 

Starting first-year center Dominique Scott, who is still showing the effects of an ankle sprain on Jan. 22 v. East Los Angeles, contributed 7 points and 8 rebounds. 

"Fudge stepped up and seemed to relish starting," Peron said. "We have been searching for a way to get more people involved in the scoring. Tonight, we accomplished getting a more balanced production from several players. Sellers and Nelson gave us big lifts from the bench. When Cerritos made a run at us, Smith was Smith. She rights the ship for us when we need leadership the most."

Cerritos (15-11) was led by April Perry with 21 points.

PCC hosts El Camino College Compton Center Friday, February 5 in a 5:30 p.m. SCC North Division game at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

[Photo--Katie Nelson goes up for the layup as PCC defeated visiting Cerritos, 83-72, Wednesday night, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 02/03/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu