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Long Beach Sends Women's Basketball To SCC-Opening Defeat

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The last time a Pasadena City College women's basketball team lost to Long Beach City College, Bill Clinton was President of the United States, and a young coach by the name of Joe Peron was beginning his first season in charge of the Lancers. That was until Wednesday night. 

Long Beach snapped a 19-game winning streak by Peron's Lancer teams, knocking off PCC, 54-51, in the South Coast Conference opening game for both teams at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. It was the first victory ever for the Vikings at the HP Gym (opened in 1999) and the first win of any kind for LBCC v. the Lancers since 1997.

PCC (2-5 overall) didn't go down without a late comeback. The Lancers trailed by eight points and nearly tied it with seven seconds left, but Vera Machado's 3-point attempt rang in-and-out of the rim, ending a last chance to tie it.

Long Beach (9-1) converted four 3-pointers in the second half and won despite being held scoreless by PCC over the final six-plus minutes of the game. 

The Lancers committed 29 turnovers and had an off night at the free throw line, making just 9-for-21. Long Beach was 11-for-14 from the stripe, including 8-for-9 in the second half. 

PCC sophomore center Tonisha Lacey scored 15 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and made four steals in a shining effort. Machado added 12 points as the only other Lancer in double digits.

Long Beach was paced by Keshonda Moore with 15 points and Luna Amico with 11. Moore hit two 3-pointers early in the second half. The teams were tied at 28-28 at halftime and LBCC took the lead for good at 35-34 on a pair of Amico free throws with 16:23 remaining. 

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON ROSE CITY CLASSIC DEC. 9-11

The Lancers will host the eight-team DoubleTree by Hilton Rose City Classic tournament Friday-Sunday, Dec. 9-11 at Hutto-Patterson Gym. It is the 14th edition of the winter tourney.

PCC opens with a first round game against Lassen College from Northern California on Friday at 8 p.m. Napa Valley, Butte, MiraCosta, LA Pierce, Canyons, and West Los Angeles round out the field.

A complete bracket and game times are at the link below:
http://www.jcscores.com/basketball/brackets/eight_team_view.asp?Tour_RecID=927

[Photo--Tonisha Lacey (33) goes up to defend an attempt by Long Beach's Symphony Logan with PCC's Sabrina Martinez (10) looking on during the Lancers' 54-51 conference-opening loss Wednesday night, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 12/07/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu