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Bench Again Picks Up Lancers In 3rd Straight SCC Win

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In recent years, the Pasadena City College women's basketball team has been successful relying more on a corps of starting players that see a majority of minutes, especially in key moments. The 2010-2011 Lancers, however, are displaying a new team approach that involves a very active bench.

On Friday, PCC broke away from visiting East Los Angeles College with a lineup including three reserves as the Lancers won their third straight South Coast Conference game, 84-65, at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

PCC led 32-27 at halftime against the feisty Huskies, then started out with a 14-4 run to open the second half capped by starting sophomore guard Anna Shahinian's 3-pointer.

ELAC would pull to within nine, 46-37, but PCC Head Coach Joe Peron called on his bench in the persons of sophomore guard Desiree Strings, frosh forward Destinee Sellers, and first-year shooting guard Vera Machado. Playing alongside starting point guard Stephanie DeFrance and starting forward Danielle Muepo, the unit completely dominated the next eight minutes play.

DeFrance hit a scoop layup and her ensuing free throw miss was followed by an offensive rebound and basket by Strings. Machado buried two 3-point bombs, Sellers hit a baseline jumper, and Machado capped a furious 21-6 run on a steal and basket. By the time the dust had cleared, PCC was ahead by 24 points, 67-43, with 7:07 remaining.

Ranked No. 7 in the current state poll, PCC upped its overall record to 15-4 and 5-2 in conference play (third place). Despite a monster effort by Eva Hernandez with a game-high 21 points, 10 rebounds, eight steals and six assists, ELAC fell to 7-12 and 3-4 in the SCC.

For the Lancers, Shahinian (six assists) and Machado (four steals) tied for team-high point leader at 13 points a piece. DeFrance totaled 11 points, eight steals, and five rebounds while Sellers used a strong outside jump shot to also tally 11 points. The 5-foot-8 Sellers, from Chatsworth High, added eight rebounds and six steals. Strings was tenacious on the offensive boards with eight of her team-high 11 rebounds to go with six points and two blocks. 

Starting forward Marquetta Stokes aided the PCC attack with nine points. Star sophomore center Dominique Scott played only 12 minutes and left with an undisclosed injury early in the second half. She finished with just seven points and six rebounds. 

Overall, PCC's bench accounted for 41 points and 35 rebounds compared to the starting five totals of 43 points and 20 rebounds. 

Next up for the Lancers is a Wednesday, Jan. 19 conference game at Los Angeles Southwest College. Tip-off is 5 p.m.

[Photo--Destinee Sellers (15, shooting) was one of several players who played well off the bench for PCC in its 84-65 win over East LA College Friday night, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 01/14/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu