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Women's Basketball Earns Key SCC Win Over ECC, 78-65

Women's Basketball Earns Key SCC Win Over ECC, 78-65 image

For the past decade, the postseason has not been a subject of doubt for the Pasadena City College women's basketball team. But 2011-2012 has seen the Lancers put into the situation of needing key contests to determine their fate. PCC's 78-65 road win at El Camino College Friday night was a positive step in the Lancers' quest for a playoff spot.

By winning, PCC more or less clinched at least a fifth place finish in the conference this season keeping El Camino in sixth place. The Lancers (11-11 overall and 5-5 in SCC play) are 20th in RPI power ratings for the SoCal region, but were behind El Camino (18th) in that particular ranking. Pasadena swept the season series, 2-0, v. the Warriors (11-9, 4-7).

While the Lancers are viewing their next game, a Wednesday, Feb. 1 home game v. state No. 6-ranked Cerritos, as a must-win matchup, unranked PCC could still be in a good spot. It's possible that the SCC can place five teams in the postseason as the four teams ahead of the Lancers are all high-ranked teams in the state Top 15.

At ECC, PCC trailed by seven, 26-19, late in the first half, but the Lancers went on a 13-4 run to end the period. Marquetta's Stokes hit two free throws to give PCC a 32-30 halftime lead, an advantage it held on it to the rest of the game.

Stokes, a sophomore forward, made 14 of 19 free throws overall and finished with a game-high 24 points to go with seven rebounds and five steals. Second-year center Tonisha Lacey (pictured) added a double-double, 14 points and 11 rebounds. Frosh guard Stella Ghazarian picked up 13 points off the bench and sophomore forward Destinee Sellers added 12 points and seven boards.

Pasadena made just 13 turnovers, their best team ball-handling effort in at least a month. The Lancers dominated the rebounding battle, 55-36. For El Camino, Ryan Drear led its efforts with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Release Date: 01/27/12
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