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Scott Chosen As Women Basketball's 8th Conference Player of the Year

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For the first time in four seasons and the eighth time in 15 seasons under head coach Joe Peron, the Pasadena City College women's basketball team saw a Lancer honored as the South Coast Conference Player of the Year. Sophomore center Dominique Scott was chosen the SCC POY as one of five PCC players selected to the 2010-2011 All-SCC First and Second Teams.

Scott's selection occurred despite PCC finishing in a tie for second place in the conference and among the entire nine-team league. The SCC was a whole conference this past season after being split into two divisions for the previous 11 seasons. Both North and South divisions had separate Players of the Year and All-SCC teams.

Scott is the first whole conference POY since PCC's Tiana Sanders in 1998-99. She is the first Lancer to be named conference MVP since Jeanine Deno took North Division honors in 2006-2007.

In 16 conference games, Scott averaged a double-double with 13.2 points and 10.9 rebounds averages. She also tallied 1.9 assists, 1.7 blocks, and 1.1 steals per conference contest. The 6-foot-2 Scott, from Palisades High, is a two-time, All-SCC First Team selection. Her 153 rebounds led the conference.

Sophomore point guard Stephanie DeFrance (from Pasadena's Blair High) earned her first All-SCC selection in being picked to the First Team. DeFrance, a 5-foot-4 dynamo who battled back from major knee surgery two years ago, averaged 8.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.1 steals and led the SCC with 74 assists (4.9 average).

Also placed on the First Team was 5-foot-10, transfer sophomore guard Desiree Strings (Leuzinger High via Pasadena Marshall Fundamental). Strings, who played at UC Irvine as a freshman, has developed into the team's "sixth player" off the bench, averaging 10.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 2.3 steals in conference games. 

Making the All-SCC Second Team was sophomore letterman guard Anna Shahinian, who recently tied the school record for most 3-pointers in a game with 10 and tallied the second-highest scoring game in PCC history with 39 points in the conference finale v. LA Southwest. A Glendale High product, Shahinian, a two-time, all-conference selection, averaged 11.6 points, 3.5 assists, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.3 steals. 

The team's fifth selection and All-SCC Second Teamer was freshman forward Marquetta Stokes. A 5-9 talent from Oakland Tech, Stokes averaged 9.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in a starting role. 

Mt. San Antonio Head Coach Brian Crichlow was named SCC Coach of the Year after directing his Mounties to a 15-1 record in winning the conference title. Overall, 30 players from nine colleges were picked All-SCC.

The No. 6-seeded Lancers next take the floor Saturday, Feb. 26 when they host No. 11 Ventura College in Round 2 of the Southern California Regional Playoffs. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. 

{Photo--Dominique Scott (left, large image), four-player box top left-Stephanie DeFrance--top right--Desiree Strings; bottom left-Anna Shaninian; bottom right-Marquetta Stokes.}

Release Date: 02/23/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu