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Women's Basketball Streak of State Tournament Trips Ends At 7

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For the first time since 2003, the Pasadena City College women's basketball team won't be participating in the CCCAA State Tournament. The Lancers saw the state's longest current streak of state tourney appearances end at seven straight seasons after losing at Mt. San Antonio College, 61-45, Wednesday night in Round 3 of the Southern California Regional Playoffs.

The streak, which produced a state title in 2009 and two state runner-ups in 2004 and 2005, wasn't immediately on PCC Head Coach Joe Peron's mind following the team's third loss of the season against the No. 3-seed Mounties. But Peron later reflected on the historical achievement.

"I'm happy we were able to put together such a long streak of making it to the state tourney" he said following the game. "This team wanted to be like the others, but we didn't shoot the way we needed to, and defensively we put ourselves in a hole by putting Mt. SAC at the line way more than we could afford. We worked hard and improved just to get as far we did. The streak is dead, but now the returning players have an opportunity to come back next year and start a new one."

Peron was extremely pleased with the team support for the game as more than 200 PCC fans filled the visiting side of the Mt. SAC gym.

"Our fan following was tremendous. This was the biggest road crowd we've ever had for a game."

The 45 points scored by the Lancers were both a 2010-2011 season low and the lowest scoring total in 43 playoff games coached by Peron going back to 1997.

PCC finished at 24-6 overall, but 0-3 v. Mt. SAC (28-3), the South Coast Conference champion.

The Lancers led 9-0 after a pull-up jumper by sophomore guard Stephanie DeFrance 3:57 into the game. Despite Mt. SAC not scoring its first field goal until 11:25 left in the first half, the Mounties would take a 31-24 halftime lead. Mt. SAC made 17 of 25 free throws during the first 20 minutes, compared to just three attempts (two made) by PCC. 

Pasadena played for 12 straight minutes without SCC MVP and sophomore center Dominique Scott, who was in foul trouble early in the first half. Scott's PCC career ended with a whimper as she scored just six points and grabed seven rebounds.

The Lancers had just one player reach double-digits in sophomore transfer guard Desiree Strings, who scored 10 ponts. Sophomore guard Anna Shahinian hit two 3-pointers as part of her eight points while freshman reserve center Tonisha Lacey totaled eight points and a team-high eight rebounds. DeFrance added six points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Mt. SAC finished making 27 of 41 free throws (.625 percentage) while PCC only went to the line five times, converting two. The Mounties were led by Jianni Jackson with 20 points (10-for-13 on free throws) and 13 rebounds. Qorreah Joice added eight points, 13 rebounds and four of her team's 15 steals.

Despite PCC not getting as far as it would have preferred, the Lancers kept another streak alive by winning 24 games. In each of the last nine seasons, Peron's teams have won a minimum of 24 games (and as many as 34 in 2006-2007). In 15 years of running the program, Peron has guided his squads to 373 victories in 470 games. The program hasn't lost more than six games in any season going back through the 2003-2004 campaign.

[Photo--Tonisha Lacey stretches for a loose ball during PCC's 61-45 playoff loss at Mt. San Antonio Wednesday, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 03/02/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu