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Women's Hoops Stunned By Mt. SAC Rally, Fall 75-72 In Overtime
Everything seemed to be in place for the Pasadena City College women's basketball team. The Lancers were about to all but clinch a tie for first place for the 2011 South Coast Conference title, leading by as much as 18 points in the second half over host and state No. 3-rated Mt. San Antonio College Friday night.
Mt. SAC rallied to tie it, only to see PCC pull ahead, 65-62. Forward Marquetta Stokes sank two free throws with 16.5 seconds left after Stephanie DeFrance's free throw regained the lead on a free throw with 41 seconds remaining.
The Lancers tried to shut down the Mounties' ensuing possession, but as the regulation buzzer sounded, Joanna Matthews swished a 3-point bomb from beyond the top of the circle to send the game to overtime at 65-65.
In the 5-minute extra period, the Lancers and Mt. SAC traded the lead with DeFrance again giving Pasadena 72-71 edge with one minute left. With 47 seconds to go, the Mounties though responded with a layup by Ciarra Ford to climb ahead, 73-72, and held on to dash the Lancers hopes of a SCC championship, 75-72.
The Lancers will now have to focus their thoughts on the postseason as Mt. SAC improved to 23-3 and 12-1 as the Mounties are well on their way to post another SCC title. The Lancers saw their seven-game winning streak snapped, falling to 19-5 overall and 9-3 in conference games.
PCC led 28-20 by halftime and seemed in complete control at 45-27 on a Anna Shahinian steal and layup with 14:46 left. Pasadena still led by 16 points, 55-39, with eight minutes remaining. Mt. SAC gained steam at that point while the Lancers often were rushing offensive opportunities and slipping defensively.
The Lancers were hurt by two key foul outs of sophomore center Dominique Scott (11 points, nine rebounds) with 3:16 left in regulation and Stokes (11 points), who was whistled for her fifth foul midway through the overtime.
Coming off the bench after missing a game due to injury, DeFrance ended up leading PCC with 13 points along with four assists and three steals. Starting point guard Desiree Strings added 12 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Reserve freshman center Tonisha Lacey grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds and tallied seven points and two blocked shots.
For Mt. SAC, Kimmie Hawkins scored 19 points and pulled down 14 rebounds. Ford added 17 points and hero Matthews poured in 12 points, including three of the Mounties' seven treys. PCC only made one 3-pointer (by Stokes).
Pasadena will host Los Angeles Trade Tech on Wednesday, Feb. 9 in a 5 p.m. game at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
[Photo--Agony of Defeat--The reaction following Mt. SAC's tying 3-pointer at the buzzer as Lancers players headed to the bench and Mounties' center Kimmie Hawkins (white jersey, 34) jumped in celebration. Marquetta Stokes (32) is far right, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 02/04/11