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Low-Scoring 1st Half Hampers Women's Cagers In 2nd Straight SCC Defeat

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In the 15 seasons that Pasadena City College women's basketball head coach Joe Peron has run the Lancers program, no team scored as few points in a half than PCC did Wednesday night in a 65-58, South Coast Conference loss to visiting nemesis Mt. San Antonio.

The state's No. 9-ranked Lancers were limited to just 17 points in a poor-shooting first half that left PCC behind, 34-17, after 20 minutes. The team shot just 20.8 percent from the floor (5-for-24 on attempts) and made 7-for-12 from the free throw line. PCC also made 19 of their 27 turnovers in the opening half of the new year.

Pasadena suddenly finds itself in odd territory, losing not only its second straight conference game, but second straight contest on its home floor, Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

Mt. SAC, the state's No. 3-ranked squad, improved to 16-2 and leads the SCC at 5-0. Pasadena is 12-4 and now 2-2 in conference games. In other years, the conference race would be over, but this is the first time in a decade that the conference is now one overall league rather than two divisions. PCC has 12 more conference games left to rebound from its tough beginning.

PCC made a valiant comeback in the second half, cutting the score to 59-56 with 1:06 remaining on a driving layup by Stephanie DeFrance. But on the ensuing possession, Mt. SAC's Joanna Matthews sank a 3-point bomb from the top of the key as the shot clock expired to make it 62-56. PCC could not threaten again in the final 36 seconds.

DeFrance, a sophomore point guard, scored a PCC career-high 20 points, making 8 of 17 shots from the field. She added nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. The rest of the Lancers converted only 12 of 42 shots from the floor. Sophomore center Dominique Scott added 15 points, 15 rebounds and blocked three shots. Frosh guard Erica Steward came off the bench to score four points with two steals and two rebounds.

For Mt. SAC, Ciarra Ford tallied 22 points (10-of-13 from the line) and Jianna Jackson was a force with 13 points, seven rebounds, five blocks and five steals. The Mounties trailed 8-2 early in the game, but went on a 17-0 run that saw PCC not score a basket for nearly eight minutes. 

The Lancers hope to return to the conference and overall win column Friday when they travel to face LA Trade Tech in a Jan. 7 game. Tip-off is 5 p.m.

Rare Triple-Double For Scott At San Jose

After the team reported statistics from PCC's 77-37 win over Las Positas at the San Jose City College Lady Jaguar Tournament Dec. 27, it was learned that Scott joined an elite group by totaling a triple-double in the first round victory. 

The 6-foot-2 Scott scored 10 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, and dished out 10 assists to become just the third PCC player since 1990 to record double digits in three statistical categories. The last to do the feat was Kinyada Johnson, who had 26 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds in a 2008 game v. LA Pierce. From 1991-1993, forward Biljana Bosanac recorded three separate triple-doubles.

[Photo--Pasadena's Stephanie DeFrance puts the moves between two Mt. SAC players during the Lancers' 65-58 loss Wednesday night. DeFrance scored a PCC career-high 20 points, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 01/05/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu