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Strings Attached Thankfully For Women's Basketball
With her team struggling and in jeopardy, leading by just three points at halftime, Pasadena City College women's basketball transfer guard Desiree Strings came to the rescue of her Lancers Wednesday night. Over the last 20 minutes, the backup Strings scored 17 of her season-high 22 points as PCC posted a 72-51, South Coast Conference victory at East Los Angeles College.
The state's No. 7-ranked Lancers improved to 22-5 and 12-3 in second place of the SCC. ELAC fell to 11-16 and 7-8 in conference. PCC closes the regular season Friday with a 6 p.m. contest against LA Southwest College. The team will honor its sophomore players in a pre-game ceremony.
Strings, who played last season at UC Irvine, almost single-handedly took over the contest, starting with a steal and basket that gave PCC some breathing room at 37-32 with 13:50 left to play. On the next possession, she grabbed the defensive rebound and stormed to a fast-break layup on the other end. Then she dribbled up from the halfcourt line and sank a 16-foot jumper to make it 41-32.
Strings later made another steal and layup and drilled a 3-pointer as PCC built the lead to 58-42 with four minutes remaining.
The 5-foot-10 Strings was 6-for-6 from the free throw line, grabbed five rebounds, made a team-high five steals and added two 3-pointers. Complementing Strings' performance was center Dominique Scott, who compiled 10 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots in another double-double for the talented, second-year post player.
Starting point guard Stephanie DeFrance worked her way to the basket to draw fouls and totaled nine points (9-for-12 at the line) with five assists and four rebounds. Guard Anna Shahinian added nine points (two treys) and three assists while reserve shooting guard Kim Wong has turned into a regular contributor with eight points (two 3s) and four rebounds.
Frosh center Tonisha Lacey grabbed nine rebounds (two points and two steals).
For ELAC, Eva Hernandez totaled 13 points, 12 rebounds, seven steals and five assists while Angelica Trinidad added 11 points. Trinidad sank a pair of 3-pointers early on that gave the Huskies a surprising early 12-5 lead.
PCC had some highs and lows in this contest. The team shot well from the line (22-of-28 attempts, .786 percentage), but made a season worst 35 turnovers, 22 in the first half.
[Photo--Desiree Strings goes up for an easy layup following a steal during PCC's 72-51 win at East Los Angeles College Wednesday night, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 02/17/11