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Rare 3-Game Losing Streak for Women's Hoops

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Whether the law of averages have caught up to the Pasadena City College women's basketball program or not, the 2011-2012 Lancers are not achieving at the level set by Coach Joe Peron's recent teams. Last season, PCC had a streak of seven straight seasons of advancing to the CCCAA State Championship tournament snapped, but did reach the regional finals.

This season, PCC is standing outside the State Top 20 and in truly unfamiliar territory with a current under-.500 overall record at 7-9. The team's South Coast Conference mark of 1-3 is also a strange sight for a program that has won six league championships under Peron and a state title as recently as 2009. On Wednesday against perennial rival Mt. San Antonio College, the Lancers lost to the host No. 2-ranked Mounties, 73-50.

That put PCC in a 3-game losing streak, the first time that has happened to the Lancers since the 2000-2001 season.

Frosh guard Stella Ghazarian came off the bench to score 17 points, most of them coming on five 3-point baskets. Sophomore forward Marquetta Stokes contributed 16 points, including making all eight of her free throw attempts. Second-year center Tonisha Lacey added eight points and a game-high 17 rebounds.

The Lancers shot only 23.2 percent from the floor (16 of 69 shots). Despite leading early at 11-9, PCC fell behind by 12 at halftime and trailed by as much as 25 points late in the game. The SCC-leading Mounties (16-2, 5-0 in conference) shot 47 percent from the field, almost doubling Pasadena in total field goals, 31-16.

STOKES SCORES 36 IN SAN JOSE TOURNAMENT LOSS

Stokes (pictured) gave the team one of its few individual highlights this season when she poured in a team season-high 36 points, but it occurred in a 92-81 loss to College of the Canyons at the San Jose Lady Jaguar Invitational Dec. 28.

Stokes made 13 of 22 shots from the floor and was 10-for-17 from the line. The 36 points total is the fifth highest scoring total in PCC history. The Lancers opened the holiday tourney with a 62-60 overtime win over host San Jose, but losses to Canyons and Laney, 65-59, gave PCC its lowest tournament finish (fourth) in the past decade.

This Friday, Jan. 6, PCC comes back to the friendly confines of Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium for a 5 p.m. conference game against LA Trade Tech. The Lancers won the DoubleTree by Hilton Rose City Classic title last month and have a 4-game win streak at home.

Release Date: 01/05/12
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu