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Perfect Playoff Streak At Hutto-Patterson Gym Continues For Women's Basketball

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17-0. The Pasadena City College women's basketball team has never lost a postseason game on its home floor of Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium and that streak continued Saturday night at 17 consecutive playoff victories. The No. 6-seeded Lancers maintained a close lead for the final 24 minutes and downed No. 11 Ventura College, 67-56, in Round 2 of the Southern California Regional Playoffs before more than 500 fans.

The Lancers (24-5) led 36-34 at halftime, and didn't pull away from the Pirates until the final minute. Leading 58-56, sophomore guard Anna Shahinian drained a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired to increase the lead to five points with 35.5 seconds left. Shahinian, who finished with 16 points, hit four straight free throws to help ice the playoff win.

PCC will travel to face No. 3 seed Mt. San Antonio (27-3) on Wednesday, Mar. 2 in a Round 3 matchup at SCHEDULE ALERT CHANGE--5:30 p.m. The Lancers were 0-2 v. the Mounties in South Coast Conference play and face Mt. SAC in a playoff game for the first time since the 2004 state championship game (won by Mt. SAC). 

Against Ventura, Pasadena received a big performance from SCC Player of the Year and sophomore center Dominique Scott, who scored 18 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked three shots. 

Two areas that Pasadena improved on from regular season play were cutting down mistakes-- committing just 11 turnovers--while shooting a strong .789 from the free throw line (15-for-19 attempts). 

Ventura (23-7) was paced by Destinee LaFountain, who scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. Rebecca Griffin added 14 points and seven assists. Pasadena bookended a 13-game winning streak by the Pirates causing Ventura's last regular season defeat in December at the Rose City Classic and stopping that string Saturday.

The Lancers trailed only once at 24-23 and were able to sustain the lead over the final 24 minutes of play. Scott made a turn-around jumper and her 3-point play on an offensive rebound and put-back gave PCC the lead for good at 28-24 with 3:24 left in the first half.

Two reserves who made surprising contributions for Pasadena were frosh forwards Vera Machado (seven points) and Destinee Sellers, who scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds. 

PCC is 3-0 in its last three playoff meetings v. Ventura, last year's state champion. Lancers Head Coach Joe Peron directed his 30th career playoff victory in 42 postseason games.

Ventura outrebounded the Lancers, 53-43. It was only the third time all season that PCC grabbed less rebounds than its opponent, and it was the largest margin it trailed in that category this season. 

[Photo--Dominique Scott towers over Ventura players as she hits a short shot under pressure during PCC's 67-56 Round 2 playoff win Saturday night, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 02/26/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu