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Riverside Last Obstacle For Women's Basketball's 7th Straight Trip To State Final 8
The defending state champion and the No. 4-seed Pasadena City College women's basketball team plays for the opportunity to reach its seventh consecutive CCCAA State Final 8 Tournament when it hosts No. 5 seed Riverside Community College Saturday in the Southern California Regional Bracket IV Finals. Tip-off for the playoff game is 7 p.m. at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
The Lancers (24-4 overall) will play on their home floor, a good luck charm for the team in their history at the HP Gym. PCC is a perfect 15-0 during postseason play in the facility. Each of the last three bracket finals have been won by Pasadena on the court.
PCC moved to 7-2 in all playoff games v. Orange Empire Conference opponents with a 76-55 triumph over No. 13 Irvine Valley Friday. Riverside (22-8) advanced with an 89-66 rout over No. 12 Cerritos played Saturday.
This will be the first women's hoops playoff meeting between PCC and Riverside, the second-place finisher from the OEC. The schools last faced-off on Nov. 30, 2008 when the Lancers defeated the Tigers, 78-73, in the title game of the College of the Desert Tournament.
PCC is led by All-South Coast Conference North Division First Team selections in sophomore guards Kim Smith and Melissa Fudge, who scored a career-high 23 points v. IVC, as well as freshman center Dominique Scott.
Coached by Alicia Berber, Riverside counters with All-State Second Team guard Crystal Vasquez and All-State Third Team forward Samera Dorton. Dorton and Vasquez were All-OEC First Team choices with teammates Maria Mesa-Nauls and Gloria Thomas Second Team picks. Mesa-Nauls led RCC in the playoff win with 16 points and Thomas added 14.
PCC Head Coach Joe Peron holds a 28-11 career postseason record in his 14 seasons directing the program. He is approaching a milestone 350 career victory mark as he is two wins shy of that total.
If Pasadena defeats Riverside, it would advance to the CCCAA Final 8 on Mar. 11, 13-14 at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.
SoCal Bracket Final Appearances since 2004:
2004--@Lancers 79, Cypress 58
[Photo--Melissa Fudge (with ball) leads Pasadena into its playoff game v. Riverside on Saturday. Here she is in action in the team's victory over Irvine Valley Friday night, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 03/01/10