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Ninth Straight 20-Win Season For Women's Basketball
Consistency in winning is something that many basketball programs can't sustain. For some colleges, there's always that bump in the road where a winning program has a down season. The Pasadena City College women's basketball team is one squad that has remained consistent despite the constant changeover in players over the years.
PCC Head Coach Joe Peron, now in his 15th season in charge of the Lancers, directed Wednesday night's 69-46 win over visiting Los Angeles Trade Tech College, giving the program its ninth consecutive season of winning at least 20 games.
Since the start of the streak in the 2002-2003 season, Peron's teams have won 245 games against just 41 losses, a winning percentage of .857. In fact, this year's team now stands at 20-5 overall, a great record for most teams, but actually under the standard set in the previous eight seasons.
In defeating LA Trade Tech, sophomore center Dominique Scott had one of her finest games of the season. Scott scored 17 points, making 5-for-8 from the field and a strong 7-for-8 at the free throw line. She dominated inside the paint, grabbing a team season-high and her PCC career-high 18 rebounds. The 6-foot-2 Palisades High product added four blocked shots, three assists and two steals.
It was the 33rd career double-double in points-rebounds for Scott, who totaled a double-double alone in the second half v. the Lady Techsters with 10 points and 11 boards.
PCC received two solid performances from bench players that saw more minutes than usual against Trade Tech. Frosh guard Erica Steward scored her season high of 11 points while first-year guard Kim Wong tallied eight points (two 3-pointers), two assists and two steals.
Starting guards Stephanie DeFrance (10 points, five assists) and Anna Shahinian (11 points, three assists) were steady at both sides of the floor. Forward Destinee Sellers, another Lancer reserve who took advantage of her extra minutes, scored three points, but pulled down 11 rebounds.
PCC is 10-3 in the South Coast Conference standings, currently in third place. LA Trade Tech dropped to 13-10 and 8-5 in the SCC despite 14 points from Ariel Temple, who made 10 free throws in 16 attempts.
The Lancers converted five 3-pointers in the first half that helped them take a 38-28 halftime lead. The team's defense clamped down in the second half and held LATT to just 13 total field goals overall.
PCC hosts El Camino College-Compton Center Friday, Feb. 11 in a 5 p.m. conference tip-off at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
[Photo--Kim Wong elevates to score a layup during PCC's 69-46 home win over LA Trade Tech Wednesday evening, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 02/09/11