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Women's Basketball Sends Scott, DeFrance To 4-Year Universities
The Pasadena City College women's basketball program continued its tradition of sending talented sophomores to four-year universities with the announcement that two starters from the 2010-2011 team have signed their national letters of intent. All-State center Dominique Scott and All-South Coast Conference point guard Stephanie DeFrance participated in a scholarship signing ceremony Tuesday afternoon at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
Scott, the college's eighth all-time leading scorer and the SCC Player of the Year this past season, will attend the University at Albany (New York), a NCAA Division I college. Scott follows in the footsteps of 2009 All-CCCAA State Tournament guard Melia Basavand, who just finished her senior year at Albany.
"I never thought I would get as far as I have in basketball," said Scott, who was an All-Los Angeles City star at Palisades High before attending PCC. "I wouldn't have dreamed that I would leave California for college. I learned to become a better person, not just a better player here. When I first visited PCC, I saw all those trophies in Coach Peron's office and said I'm going to have my name up on his wall some day."
DeFrance, who played at Pasadena Blair High before coming to PCC, is also following former Lancers players in signing with Talladega College (Alabama), a NAIA institution. In 2010, Tamiko Rounds and Morgan Bennett, members of PCC's 2005-06 and 2006-07 teams, helped Talladega capture the USCAA small college national championship.
"Stephanie is a lioness," said PCC Head Coach Joe Peron, who has now sent 34 players to the four-year university level. "I've had few players with her tenacity. Point guards are hard to come by at community colleges. She was a court leader and someone who you could look to take charge on the floor."
On Scott, Peron said, "At 6-foot-2, she was a rare post player who could shoot the ball, block shots, rebound and dribble the ball upcourt well. I think she made a huge improvement from her first to second season. She learned that you don't have to score 20 points every game. It was ok to score 14 as long as you were doing the other things to help your team succeed."
DeFrance, a tiny 5-foot-2 in height, battled back from a torn ACL knee injury her redshirt season of 2008-2009. While she missed out on the program's first state title, she was determined to come back and play for the Lancers the next two seasons.
"Seeing the team win a state championship made me want work even harder to get back on the floor," DeFrance said. "I rehabbed every day and I want to thank PCC trainers Rudy Aguilar and Patty Gallego for helping me make my knee even stronger than it was before I got hurt. People see me and think I'm this short girl, but I'm proud of the fact that I averaged seven rebounds a game. Coach P made us really study basketball. He would break down what we did wrong or right through game video."
Scott averaged 14.4 points in her two-year Lancers' career and became the first PCC player since Jackie Sadler (1996-98) to lead the team in rebounding during both of her seasons. She grabbed 613 rebounds or 10.5 per game. Scott was twice selected All-SCC.
DeFrance, a sociology major, was the team's steal leader both of her seasons and led PCC in assists as a sophomore. She was especially strong in conference games when she averaged 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists per contest.
With Scott and DeFrance on the floor, Pasadena recorded an outstanding 49-11 mark in their two seasons, including a CCCAA State quarterfinals appearance in 2009-2010 and a Southern California finalist spot in 2010-2011.
[Photo--PCC women's basketball signing day--from left to right--front row--Stephanie DeFrance, head coach Joe Peron, Dominique Scott; back row--Gary Potts, director of basketball operations and assistant coach La'Nette Dillard, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 06/07/11