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Women's Cager Sophomore Night Is Shahinian Show, 39 Points, 10 Treys

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For the past few weeks, sophomore guard Anna Shahinian has watched teammate Kim Wong turn into the Pasadena City College women's basketball team's most effective long-range shooter. After leading the Lancers in 3-point shooting as a freshman with 49 treys last season, Shahinian had become less of a threat from beyond the 3-point line this year. In the five previous games coming into Friday night's contest with Los Angeles Southwest College, she totaled just six 3s in 24 attempts.

But on Sophomore Night, playing in her final regular season Lancers home game and in front of her parents, Shahinian decided it was time to reclaim her title as team 3-point specialist. On an extremely hot shooting evening, the 5-foot-4, Glendale High graduate didn't just find her groove, she burned her name into the PCC record books.

Shahinian tied the school record for 3-point baskets in a game with 10 and finished with 39 points, the second highest scoring total in PCC women's basketball history, as the Lancers romped over LA Southwest, 96-39. Her .770 FG percentage from 3-point range is a new school record for accuracy (10 of 13 shots). She was 13-for-18 from the floor overall.

In the first half, Shahinian got things rolling with six bombs as part of her 22 points as PCC opened up a 39-19 lead. After sitting out a good portion of the second half as the Lancers' bench saw more action, PCC Head Coach Joe Peron put her back in over the final five minutes of play. Shahinian took advantage of the opportunity, ultimately sinking her 10th trey with a minute left. She tried to break the record in the final 15 seconds, but was fouled on a 3-point try. Shahinian ended up draining the final three free throws, which vaulted her to the No. 2 spot in single-game scoring for the college.

PCC is 23-5 and finished in second place in the South Coast Conference with a sparkling 13-3 league record. The Lancers will learn this weekend where they will be seeded in the upcoming Southern California Regional Playoffs.

In winning its third game this season v. the Cougars, PCC placed just one other double-digit scorer in sophomore transfer reserve guard Desiree Strings, who tallied 11 points and seven assists. Sophomore center Dominique Scott had eight points, eight rebounds and five assists while starting letterman point guard Stephanie DeFrance put together an impressive all-around performance on eight points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Wong, a freshman, was 3-for-7 on 3-pointers for her nine points.

The Lancers shot .636 from the field in the second half (21 of 33 attempts) and .500 for the game (35 of 70). On 3-point shots, the team was also .500 on 14-for-28 shooting.

For LA Southwest (9-19, 4-12) who played with just six players, Jamie Robinson scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Shahinian tied another former Glendale High sharpshooter Melia Basavand for the PCC 3s record. Basavand made 10 treys in a 2008 game v. Imperial Valley. Besides her scoring, Shahinian grabbed five rebounds, dished out three assists, and made three steals.

Below lists the five highest scoring totals in a game in PCC history:

48 points--Cara Vergo v. Compton, 1990
39 points--Anna Shahinian v. LA Southwest, 2011
38 points--Biljana Bosanac v. Palomar, 1992
37-Bosanac v. Long Beach, 1993
37-Jackie Sadler v. Rio Hondo, 1996

NOTE: Check this website for schedule/opponent information for the playoffs

[Photo--Anna Shahinian launches one of her ten 3-pointers in PCC's 96-39 win over LA Southwest at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium Friday night, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 02/18/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu