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Fudge Emerging On Offense For Women's Basketball

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Known more in her two seasons as a defensive player coming off the bench, sophomore guard Melissa Fudge is looking like someone who just received a set of keys to a brand new sports car. Handed a starting role by PCC women's basketball head coach Joe Peron, Fudge is taking full advantage of the change.

On Friday night at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, Fudge scored her Lancers' career high of 17 points to pace Pasadena's 77-37, South Coast Conference North Division victory over El Camino College-Compton Center. The defending state champions upped their records to 21-3 overall and 4-1 in conference. Compton is 5-14 and 1-4.

Fudge sank a 3-pointer from the corner on the game's first shot. By game's end the lefty made three 3s while freshman teammate Anna Shahinian bombed in four 3s in a rare display of efficient outside shooting for the Lancers this season. Shahinian totaled 16 points.

PCC made 8-for-21 from 3-point range, and came out shooting from the outside against  the Tartars, a team down to six players on their roster. The Lancers opened a 45-16 halftime lead, including a 19-0 run over a span of 9-1/2 minutes.

Besides a solid perimeter game, PCC also made improvements at the free throw line. The team had struggled at the line v. Cerritos on Wednesday (under 50 percent), but made its first 12 shots from the line v. Compton. PCC made 84 percent overall, making 21 of 25 charity attempts, an '09-10 season best.

Sophomore guard Kim Smith was 9-for-10 from the line as part of her 15 points. She added 5 assists, 5 rebounds and led the Lancers with 4 of the team's 20 steals. Frosh center Dominique Scott added 10 points and 6 rebounds.

Twelve of PCC's 13 players scored points as Peron spread out the minutes for reserves and starters alike. O'Tina McKinstry led Compton with 18 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

Pasadena hosts Los Angeles Trade Tech College Wednesday, February 10 in a 5:30 p.m. conference tip-off at the HP Gym. The Lancers are one game back of Mt. San Antonio in the North Division title race.

[Photo: Melissa Fudge, who also played two years as a leading goal-scorer on the women's soccer team, goes up for a basket in PCC's 77-37 win over ECC Compton Center Friday, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 02/06/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu