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Women's Basketball Pounds North No. 1 Fresno, 105-67
Two weeks ago, they were the top two ranked women's basketball teams in the state. In the most recent poll released Dec. 20, Fresno City College was ranked No. 2 while Pasadena City College held the No. 4 spot. The squads figured they would meet up in the finals of the San Jose City College Lady Jaguar Invitational tournament this week.
Instead, each team got tripped up in the championship semifinals with PCC losing in the final minute to eventual tourney champion and 17th-ranked Santa Rosa Junior College, 69-64, and Fresno getting beat by 16th-rated College of the Canyons.
That set up Wednesday's third place final as the Lancers wanted to prove their worth against a Fresno team that has been rated No. 1 in the North region all season.
While the rankings will surely change in the first poll of 2011, PCC made the ultimate statement to tournament fans by devouring the Rams of Fresno, 105-67, in a season-high scoring effort by the Lancers.
Pasadena (12-3 overall) was led by All-Lady Jaguar Tournament team selection and sophomore center Dominique Scott, who scored 15 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, blocked eight shots, made four assists, and forced three steals. Letterman point guard Stephanie DeFrance nearly pulled off a triple-double, but settled for 15 points, a PCC season-high 11 assists and eight rebounds.
The Lancers shot an impressive .603 from the floor (44-for-73 field goal attempts) and badly outrebounded the Rams, 56-30. Fresno's record fell to 14-4 overall.
In the third place rout, sophomore guard Anna Shahinian led all scorers with 24 points plus four steals while frosh forward Marquetta Stokes, playing in front of fans who watched her prep basketball at Oakland Tech High, tallied 15 points and three steals. Center Bri'ale McCoy, another North region product from Oakland's Castlemont High, contributed four points and eight rebounds.
In the Santa Rosa loss, Scott (pictured) was strong with 24 points and 16 rebounds. Shahinian had 12 points and DeFrance, who was 6-for-6 from the free throw line, finished with 11 points. The Lancers made 17-for-21 from the line for an .809 percentage, far better than their season average of just .567.
The Lancers trailed by 10 points at halftime, then went ahead by as much as seven points with four minutes left. However, the Bear Cubs rallied and closed out the upset win.
"We're a work in progress," said PCC Head Coach Joe Peron, who picked up career coaching win No. 360 earlier in the tournament v. Las Positas.
"We've been so used to winning tournaments the past few years, including this year-ender in San Jose. But we've twice been sent to the third place game, and that's unusual for our program. We could have hung our heads after losing to Santa Rosa, but we responded really well against a top-ranked team in Fresno. This hasn't been an easy stretch for us, including losing to Cerritos in a game we let get away. Maybe now, we're figuring out that we have to play 40 minutes of hard basketball every game if we expect to go far this season."
The Lancers, 2-1 in South Coast Conference play, host Mt. San Antonio College Wednesday, Jan. 5 in a 5 p.m. conference tip-off at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. The Mounties have been a thorn in the side of Peron over the years, but are playing under a different leader now with long-time head coach Laura Beeman taking an assistant coaching job alongside PCC alumnus and head coach Michael Cooper at USC. Mt. SAC is directed by Mounties' veteran assistant coach and first-year head coach Brian Crichlow.
Release Date: 12/30/10