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See-Saw Affair Ends Poorly For Women's Hoops

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When Jerronisha Green hit a layup with 1:15 remaining, the Los Angeles Trade Tech forward marked the game's 26th lead change. Unfortunately for the Pasadena City College women's basketball team, it would be the game's last advantage switch in an 80-73 loss to the Lady Techsters Wednesday night at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

The defending state champion Lancers saw their hopes for a possible share of the South Coast Conference North Division title crushed with the defeat. Ranked No. 4 in the state coming into this week, PCC is 21-4 overall and 4-2 in conference play.

Tenth-ranked LA Trade Tech split the two-game series v. the Lancers and helped its postseason seeding in improving to 20-3 and 3-3 in California's toughest conference. Mt. San Antonio will likely clinch the title Friday, Feb. 12 when it plays El Camino College Compton Center. The Mounties (20-5 overall) are 5-0 and only need one victory in their last three conference games to capture the SCC crown.

PCC led 43-42 at halftime, coming back from a 21-14 deficit. A 5-foot jumper by reserve guard Stephanie DeFrance was the half's 15th lead change with just eight seconds left in the period.

Neither team would get more than four points ahead for the first 19 minutes of the second half. With 1:50 to go, freshman guard Anna Shahinian sank a 3-pointer that gave PCC its final lead at 71-70. 

After Green's bucket, Trade Tech would build the lead to 74-71 on a baseline jumper by former Lancer Niauni Brown with 40 seconds left in the contest. A transfer to Trade Tech after playing at PCC back in 2006-2007, Brown has polished her game as she led the Lady Techsters with 19 points, including 3-for-3 shooting on 3-point baskets.

For the Lancers, freshman center Dominique Scott totaled 19 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with 2:04 left in regulation. Sophomore guard Kim Smith added 15 points, but was pulled out of the game for much of the final two minutes by PCC Head Coach Joe Peron for inconsistent play.

DeFrance had perhaps her best game of the season as she finished with 12 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. She was 5-for-7 from the floor, including burying two 3-pointers. Shahinian had 11 points and sophomore guard Melissa Fudge added 8 points and 3 steals.

For Trade Tech, Malika Jones aided the win with 18 points and Aja Miller contributed 14 points. Another factor was the play of 5-10 reserve center Toni McLin, who scored all 9 of her points in the second half after sitting on the bench for the game's first 23 minutes. 

It's unclear where the Lancers stand as far as their postseason seeding. With two games left, PCC finds itself potentially not among the top four seeds. Pasadena plays at East Los Angeles Friday, Feb. 10 (5:30 p.m.), then will have an important contest for seeding purposes when it faces rival Mt. SAC in the conference finale Wednesday, Feb. 17 at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

[Photo--Stephanie DeFrance follows a steal by going up for a layup during PCC's 80-73 home loss to LA Trade Tech Wednesday night, image by Richard Quinton.]

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