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Cerritos Head Coach Welliver Wins Historic Game No. 600 At PCC's Expense

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Pasadena City College women's basketball head coach Joe Peron knows milestones and has experienced a few big ones in his career, including becoming PCC's all-time wins leader in either gender with a current 359 victories in his 15 seasons running the Lancers' program.

But Wednesday night, Peron saw his Lancers lose to the state's senior head coach as Cerritos' Karen Welliver recorded her 600th career coaching win in PCC's 58-57, South Coast Conference defeat at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. 

Welliver watched in glee as April Perry hit a 16-foot jumper with just three seconds left for the winning bucket to rally the state's No. 9-ranked Falcons over the 4th-rated Lancers. PCC led 34-25 at halftime, built the lead to as much as 12 early in the second half, and didn't lose that lead until Perry's basket.

Welliver is in her 30th season as head coach of Cerritos, but incredibly she isn't even the first head coach this season to reach 600 career wins as Ventura's Ned Mircetic reached the coveted mark earlier this year. Ironically, Peron and PCC had knocked off the defending state champions of Ventura, 72-53, Sunday at the Rose City Classic at Pasadena. Mircetic and Welliver are the two winningest coaches in California Community College basketball history.

Against Cerritos, PCC trailed 24-15 in the first half, but put together a 19-1 run over the final eight minutes of the period to take control at that point.

Starting forward Danielle Muepo made her first five baskets from the floor, but went cold in the second half and finished with 11 points. Another Lancer who had an up-and-down game was sophomore center Dominique Scott, who tallied 12 points and 12 rebounds, but had a rough shooting night. Scott hit just 5-for-16 from the floor and 2-for-7 at the free throw line. 

In the second half, forward Marquetta Stokes made key baskets, including a 3-pointer, as she scored eight of the team's 23 second-half points. Stokes finished with 10 points and three steals. 

Pasadena point guard Stephanie DeFrance was all over the floor with eight points, nine rebounds (four on the offensive end), six assists and four steals. 

Ultimately, PCC's poor shooting doomed its fate. The Lancers finished with a .311 shooting percentage from the field, making only 23 of 74 attempts. At the line, the team shot 50 percent, 8-for-16. Three times, the Lancers were only able to make 1-of-2 at the stripe during the final six minutes. 

For Cerritos (10-4, 2-2 in SCC play), Perry led all scorers with 14 points and Montanique Washington was 3-for-3 on 3-point attempts as part of her 13 points. 

Pasadena had its five-game win streak snapped and lost for the first time at home since late last regular season. Including two playoff wins in 2010, the team had won 10 straight at the Hutto-Patterson facility. 

The Lancers (10-2 overall, 2-1 in SCC play) next participate in the San Jose City College Lady Jaguar Classic Dec. 27-29. PCC will play Las Positas in a 5 p.m. first round game on Monday, Dec. 27.

[Photo--Danielle Muepo had the hot hand early, making five consecutive shots in the first half, but PCC lost a heartbreaker to Cerritos, 58-57, Wednesday night at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 12/22/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu