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Former Lancers Contribute To Small College Women's Basketball National Title
Women's basketball alumni Tamiko Rounds and Morgan Bennett, members of Pasadena City College's 34-win team in 2006-2007, have gone on to help their new college to ultimate success. Now seniors, the pair led Talladega College of Alabama in winning the small college national championship March 6.
Talladega captured the USCAA championship by defeating Rochester College (Michigan), 48-36, in the title game played at Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Rounds was named the MVP of the USCAA tournament after scoring a game-high 16 points and and grabbing 8 rebounds in the championship contest. Bennett was a force in the game as well with 18 rebounds to go with 4 points, 5 assists and 3 steals.
Rounds and Bennett were two-year lettermen at PCC, playing in the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons. The '06-07 set school records for most victories in a season and longest winning streak (28 games). The pair were selected All-South Coast Conference North Division First Team as sophomores.
Bennett won a conference player of the week award at Talladega prior to the national playoffs. Ironically, Talladega head coach Romeo Lagmay Jr. once attended PCC back in the 1990s before transferring to play at Feather River College. Both Bennett and Rounds were named to the All-American team and Rounds, a 4.0 student, was picked Academic All-American.
PCC Head Joe Peron was excited for his former players, knowing his current team has advanced to the CCCAA Championship Tournament.
"Rounds and Bennett were good defenders when they played for us," Peron said. "That was their strength here. To have them go from our winning program and then achieve a national championship at the NAIA level is quite a feat. I think they took our winning approach to Talladega. This is what you hope for as a coach. Those players that have gone on to success at the next level makes it especially gratifying to have coached them in their first college years."
[Photo--Tamiko Rounds in action as a PCC Lancer in 2006.]
Release Date: 03/08/10