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Women's Basketball Sets Up 1st Place Possibility With Cerritos Win

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In third place before this week, the Pasadena City College women's basketball team knew exactly what it had to do to get back in the South Coast Conference title race--win two games this week against second-place Cerritos and first-place Mt. San Antonio. The Lancers took care of one part of the standings Tuesday by routing host Cerritos, 75-47, at Gahr High School.

The Lancers' seventh straight win allowed PCC to take sole possession of second place at 9-2 in conference play. Pasadena (19-4 overall) stopped the Falcons' eight-game winning streak and avenged a last-seconds' loss to Cerritos at PCC earlier in conference play.

PCC can set up an opportunity to grab a share of the SCC championship when it travels to conference rival Mt. San Antonio Friday, Feb. 4 in a 5 p.m. tip-off. The Mounties (21-3, 10-1 in SCC games) own first place in the SCC, but is only one game ahead of the surging Lancers. A Pasadena win would give both teams two losses. Based on the remaining schedule and barring an upset of either team, the pair then would be projected to finish 14-2 and tie for the South Coast title.

Against Cerritos (19-6, 9-3), another quick start by PCC turned what was supposed to be a close encounter into a one-sided contest. The Lancers jumped out to a 25-6 lead in the first eight minutes, capped by a Marquetta Stokes' offensive rebound-and-basket. By halftime, the Lancers led 47-18 and put Cerritos out of reach.

The Falcons suffered their worst shooting game of the season, making just 15 of 70 shots from the floor, including missing their first 26 consecutive 3-point attempts  (they ended 1-for-30 from beyond the circle).

PCC's balanced offense was led by center Dominique Scott with 14 points and nine rebounds and forward Stokes, who also totaled 14 points. While Stephanie DeFrance missed the game due to injury, point guard Desiree Strings played well in her place with 10 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists.

The Lancers also received support from starting guard Anna Shahinian (seven points, five assists, four rebounds, three steals) and bench production by Destinee Sellers and Vera Machado, who each scored eight points. Tonisha Lacey added five points and five boards.

Defensively, PCC forced Cerritos into 22 turnovers and limited conference leading scorer April Perry to just four points (2-for-13 shooting). Andria Rendon scored nine points to lead the Falcons.

[Photo--Marquetta Stokes keeps control of a steal despite the high bounce during PCC's 75-47 win over Cerritos at Gahr High School Tuesday night, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 02/02/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu