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Women's Hoops Uses Free Throws To Beat El Camino In OT

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The Pasadena City College women's basketball team pretty much knows nearly every South Coast Conference game will be a battle in a season where an amazing six teams from the SCC are rated in this week's top 12 in Southern California.

The 11th-rated Lancers blew a 14-point second-half lead that help No. 12-ranked El Camino tie it 57-57 at the end of regulation, but PCC made 7-for-10 from the free throw line in the extra session for a 68-64 overtime victory at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium Friday night. 

The Warriors (6-3, 1-2 in SCC play) jumped out to a 12-2 lead early on, but PCC eventually would go ahead, 31-24, by halftime and 45-31 early in the second half. El Camino then went on a spirited 22-5 scoring run capped by a Christianna Willis layup that regained its lead at 53-50 with 4:25 left.

With 58 seconds remaining, El Camino's Ryann Drear hit two free throws to tie it at 57-57. PCC had the ball with 1.5 seconds left, but Amanda Young stole the inbounds pass from the Lancers' Destinee Sellers and almost gave El Camino the win, missing a desperation layup attempt as the horn sounded.

The Lancers scored the first seven points of the overtime, including an offensive rebound and basket by Tonisha Lacey and four free throws made by reserve guard Erica Steward. El Camino never threatened as Pasadena won its first SCC game of 2011-2012.

For PCC (6-5, 1-1 in SCC action), sophomore forward Marquetta Stokes had a superb all-around effort with 19 points, nine rebounds, seven steals and four assists. Lacey scored four of her six points in the OT, but pulled down 18 rebounds. Sellers contributed 14 points, 10 rebounds and four steals while Vera Machado added 13 points.

For El Camino, Willis scored 18 points before fouling out late in regulation. Drear scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Taylor Cotton added nine points and 13 rebounds. 

Overall, the Lancers were an adequate 12-for-18 from the free throw line a game after shooting below 50 percent (16-for-37 v. College of the Canyons). 

Pasadena extended an impressive 21-game win streak against El Camino as PCC head coach Joe Peron has never lost to the Warriors in his 16 seasons in charge of the program. El Camino last beat Pasadena in the 1995-96 season. The win streak is the longest current string by PCC against any opponent.

The Lancers will travel to face region No. 8-ranked Cerritos College Wednesday, Dec. 21 in a 6 p.m. conference game at Gahr High School. 

BOX SCORE at link below

http://www.pasadena.edu/athletics/documents/elcopas.pdf

[Photo--PCC guard Vera Machado saves the ball from going out of bounds during PCC's 68-64 overtime win over El Camino College Friday night, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 12/16/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu