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San Francisco Closes The Boards On Women's Cagers Season, 75-58
The defense of the 2009 state championship was short-lived for the Pasadena City College women's basketball team at this year's CCCAA Final 8 Tournament. City College of San Francisco turned the tables on the Lancers by controlling the offensive boards throughout a 75-58 quarterfinals win Thursday at Cal Lutheran University's Gilbert Arena.
CCSF, the North No. 1 seed, rallied from a 10-point deficit after the Lancers had built an early 29-19 lead. The Rams (28-3) outscored PCC, 41-23, in the second half. By game's end, San Francisco had outrebounded Pasadena, 63-44, but more impressive was that 32 of those rebounds came on the offensive end.
The Lancers finished their seventh straight appearance at the state championships at 25-5. It was the first time Pasadena had been knocked out in the quarterfinals since 2006.
For PCC, Kim Smith reached a little short in her quest for the 1,000-point club as she scored 10 points with 6 assists and 5 rebounds. Smith ends her fine two-year career for the Lancers with 997 points, leaving her in the No. 4 spot on the all-time scoring list. Only Kinyada Johnson (2007-2009), Dionne Pounds (2003-2005) and Jeanine Deno (2004-2007) have scored more points than Smith in a PCC jersey. Those three are in the elite 1,000-point club.
Lancer freshman center Dominique Scott led the team with 13 ponts and 9 rebounds. Sophomore guard Melissa Fudge totaled 10 points with 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
Pasadena received two strong performances off the bench by forwards Melanie Araula and Katie Nelson. Araula led the team in the first half with all 8 of her points, including making 2-for-3 beyond the 3-point line. Nelson used her baseline shooting to make 4 of 5 shots from the floor for 8 points (plus 3 rebounds).
San Francisco guard Marlee Rice came off the bench to lead all scorers with 17 points (8-for-11 from the free throw line). Brittney Allen added 15 points and 8 rebounds. Shawnte Taylor was a force inside with 8 points and a game-high 18 rebounds.
CCSF has won three of its last four meetings against the Lancers.
PCC Head Coach Joe Peron will have to wait until next season to reach the 350-career win mark. He is one shy at 349. Peron's playoff record fell to 29-12 in his 14 seasons.
[Photo--Katie Nelson gets the rebound and starts a fast break for the Lancers in the season-ending loss to City College of San Francisco, 75-58, Thursday at Cal Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 03/12/10