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Women's Basketball Advances To Hilton Garden Inn Finals

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Rallying from eight points down late in the second half, the Pasadena City College women's basketball team advanced to the Hilton Garden Inn Classic tournament finals with a 68-66 win over Chaffey Saturday night. All tourney games are played at PCC's Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

The Lancers (2-0) face Cypress, a 59-36 winner over LA Southwest, in Sunday's championship game at 4 p.m. San Diego City plays Southwestern in the consolation final at 12 noon, followed by the third place game between LA Southwest and Chaffey at 2 p.m.

Pasadena fell behind 29-20 before eventually tying it, 30-30, at halftime on a Dominique Scott layup. Chaffey pulled back ahead, 60-52, on two free throws by Tianna Jones with 7:19 left in the contest. PCC then generated a 10-0 run to take the lead, 62-60 on a Desiree Strings jumper with 2:56 remaining. Sophomore guard Anna Shahinian drilled a 3-pointer (her only points of the game) with 24 seconds left that sealed the victory.

Scott, the team's returning All-South Coast Conference First Team center, scored 20 points with nine rebounds and two blocked shots to pace the Lancers' attack. Freshman guard Marquetta Stokes added 12 points and four steals while transfer sophomore Strings was impressive off the bench, scoring nine points, grabbing nine rebounds, dishing three assists, and producing four steals.

Pasadena struggled at the free throw line, making just 17 of 39 attempts (43.6 percent). In contrast, Chaffey was 22-for-29 with Jones going a perfect 11-for-11 at the line. Jones led the Panthers with 21 points. Arione Nabors added 16 points and 10 rebounds.

The difference for PCC was points in the paint as the Lancers outscored Chafrey, 34-14, on inside plays.

PCC Head Coach Joe Peron was pleased with the play of Destinee Sellers, who scored two baskets in the Lancers' rally. He also expressed the importance of Scott.

"Her presence as a top-of-the-line post player presents problems for our opponents," he said. "If we are to be successful, she is going to have to pace our offense and control the boards. She averaged a double-double last year, and that's something she has to continue to strive to achieve as a sophomore."

[Photo--Dominique Scott goes up for the shot with teammate Danielle Muepo (25) looking on during the Lancers' 68-66 win over Chaffey in the Hilton Garden Inn Classic semifinals Saturday, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 11/07/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu