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Women's Cagers Close Regular Season On 4-Game Win Streak
The Pasadena City College women's basketball team got a little more than it bargained for against a skeleton, 5-player Los Angeles Southwest squad Friday night. The Lancers, though, buckled down on defense and closed out the South Coast Conference season with a 66-57 victory over the host Cougars.
Pasadena (16-12 overall, finishing 10-6 and fifth place in the SCC) finished the regular season on a four-game win streak and won nine of its final 12 games in a strong push to secure a postseason playoff berth. The Lancers have not missed the playoffs since 2001, making the Southern California Regionals each of the past 10 seasons.
Even though the Lancers were unranked and behind four other teams in the SCC this season, the team's credibility shot up with key late-season victories over top 10-ranked teams--Cerritos and East Los Angeles.
Against LA Southwest, sophomore forward Destinee Sellers was a steady presence, leading the team in scoring with 14 points to go with seven rebounds and three steals. Sellers shot 7-for-9 from the field. Sophomore forward Marquetta Stokes added 13 points, and team bests in rebounds (eight) and assists (six) while letterman center Tonisha Lacey contributed 11 points and six rebounds.
Sophomore guard Kim Wong sank three 3-pointers off the bench for her nine points. Sophomore guard Vera Machado tallied seven points and frosh guard Sabrina Martinez had six points, two assists and two steals.
For LASW (4-21, 2-14), Cranesha Jennings scored 18 points and center Tierra Robinson had 17 points and 12 rebounds. With no available subs, the Cougars kept pace with the Lancers for much of the game. LA Southwest led 20-19 before PCC pulled away to a 31-24 halftime advantage.
In the second half, PCC built its lead to as high as 12 points. LA Southwest cut it to 41-37 before Machado sank two free throws and drilled a 3-pointer that extended the Lancers advantage to 46-37.
The team's 16 victories (cut down from 18 due to two early-season forfeits) is the lowest regular season win total for PCC Head Coach Joe Peron since his first season in charge of the program in 1996-97.
Check this website early next week for PCC's All-South Coast Conference selections and the announcement of the SoCal Regional playoff field.
[Photo--Destinee Sellers lets go of a shot during PCC's 66-57 win at LA Southwest Friday, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 02/17/12