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In the early going of South Coast Conference play, the Pasadena City College women's basketball team has used defense as its best weapon. The Lancers limited host Los Angeles Trade Tech College to just 12 second-half points in posting a 76-34 victory Friday night. In all three of PCC's conference victories, it has held opponents to exactly 34 points.

PCC improved to 13-4 overall and 3-2 in SCC play. Trade Tech is 9-6 and suffered its first conference loss, now at 4-1.

The state's 9th-ranked Lancers outrebounded the Lady Techsters, 57-26, and used 15 steals to fluster the Trade Tech offense.

Sophomore center Dominique Scott scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead an improved PCC offense than the one that shot poorly in recent SCC losses to Cerritos and first-place Mt. San Antonio. Scott was 7-for-10 from the field.

The Lancers shot a respectable .458 from the floor (27 of 59 shots), including a a strong 50 percent on 3-point attempts, making 7 of 14 from long range. The team also was efficient at the free throw line, hitting 15 of 17 attempts for a season-best .882 percentage.

"There's no mystery that we have shot miserably as a team this season," said PCC Head Coach Joe Peron. "In our losses, a high amount of missed layups hurt us. We devoted more time in Thursday's practice to simply shooting the basketball. Sometimes you have to go to the basics. The concentration level of the players seemed better against Trade Tech."

Freshman forward Marquetta Stokes tallied 16 points (6-for-6 from the line) and six rebounds while sophomore guard Anna Shahinian (pictured) raised her all-around game with 13 points, 3-for-4 from 3-point range, six assists, four rebounds and three steals. Reserve frosh guards Vera Machado (eight points) and Kim Wong (six points) each hit a pair of 3-pointers.

Sophomore point guard Stephanie DeFrance added four points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Backup center Bri'ale McCoy had four points and five rebounds.

PCC did make an alarming 30 turnovers, but it had no impact in the victory.

Pasadena returns to action Wednesday, Jan. 12 when the Lancers visit El Camino College-Compton Center for a 5 p.m. SCC contest.

Release Date: 01/08/11
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