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Same Trends For Women's Cagers in Third Win Over LBCC
Fans might have thought they were watching a repeat of the previous two encounters between the state's No. 7-ranked Pasadena City College women's basketball team and Long Beach City College on Friday night. Just like the two times the squads met in November, the Lancers held the Vikings in check as they limited them to less than 30 points again in PCC's 74-27, South Coast Conference victory at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
On November 28, Pasadena posted a 71-29 rout over Long Beach in the third place game of the College of the Desert Thanksgiving Tournament. That had followed an easy 73-34 triumph over the same Vikings in the SCC opener on Nov. 17.
In the three wins over LBCC, Pasadena outscored the conference-winless Vikings, 218-90. Pasadena won its fifth straight contest, improving to 17-4 overall and 7-2 in the SCC. Long Beach is 4-14 and 0-9 in conference games.
PCC didn't waste time taking control as it led 19-2 by the 3:29 mark and 29-5 with little more than 10 minutes left in the first half. In the second half, Long Beach scored only 10 points as the Vikings finished the game with just nine field goals over 40 minutes.
Playing its second straight game without top post player Dominique Scott, who is nursing an ankle injury, the Lancers overwhelmed Long Beach on the offensive boards, 30-9. PCC often had second and third chances off of initial missed shots and took advantage of those opportunities.
Freshman forward Danielle Muepo, known more for her defense, led the Lancers with 12 points, making 6-for-7 from the field. Frosh forward Marquetta Stokes (three steals) and first-year center Tonisha Lacey (five rebounds) each had 10 points while sophomore guard Anna Shahinian drilled two early 3-pointers as part of her nine points.
Transfer guard Desiree Strings contributed nine points, seven rebounds, three assists and four steals while rookie forward Destinee Sellers added seven points (5-for-6 at the free throw line) and six rebounds. Freshman guard Erica Steward had six points and letterman point guard Stephanie DeFrance did her part with fives in points, rebounds and assists.
Long Beach was led by Tatianna Jefferys with nine points and a game-high eight rebounds. PCC forced 31 turnovers, including 22 on steals.
In PCC's five-game win streak, the Lancers have won by an average margin of 35.4 points per contest. The team will next play host to El Camino College on Friday, Jan. 28 in a 5 p.m. SCC game.
[Photo--Danielle Muepo goes up for the layup in Pasadena's top defensive effort of the season, a 74-27 win over Long Beach Friday night, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 01/21/11