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Women's Basketball Center Tonisha Lacey Headed To Prairie View A&M
Pasadena City College women's basketball center Tonisha Lacey will continue her education and playing career at NCAA Division I Prairie View A&M University (Texas) with a full, two-year athletic scholarship. Lacey, an All-South Coast Conference First Team selection and two-year Lancers' letterman, picked PVAMU after also considering offers from Cal State Northridge, Cal State Fullerton, San Francisco, and Hawaii Pacific.
The 6-foot-1 Lacey is graduating PCC with a 3.4 GPA and an Associate Arts degree in sociology. She plans on majoring in criminal justice at Prairie View. She is joining a Lady Panthers' program that won back-to-back Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) titles and twice earned trips to the NCAA Tournament under head coach Toyelle Wilson.
Lacey's playing career at PCC was a remarkable act of courage for the 19-year-old, who played both of her Lancers' seasons despite a torn meniscus in her left knee. She had successful surgery on April 10 and is in the final stage of her rehab.
"I never really got to play at 100 percent for PCC," Lacey said at a signing photo session held Monday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. "I often played on adrenaline and then had to deal with the pain after games and practices. To think that I was able to play well enough here, just think what it will be like when I'm playing at full speed at Prairie View."
Lacey came to PCC from Northern California's Tennyson High where she was an All-Hayward Athletic League First Team selection. As a freshman for the Lancers in 2010-2011, Lacey came off the bench and averaged 3.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. With All-State center Dominique Scott moving on to USC, Lacey took over the starting post spot for the 2011-2012 Lancers and flourished. She averaged eight points and a team-high 10 rebounds a game, finishing with 301 rebounds for the season.
Lacey's efforts helped PCC advance to the CCCAA Southern California Regional Playoffs both seasons. Lacey's teams finished with a strong winning mark of 41-19 under long-time Pasadena head coach Joe Peron.
"Coach Peron would put the pressure on you to play hard, but he did it in a way where he expected you to accept that pressure. He allowed the players to take charge on the floor."
Lacey said that PCC's academic programs like Project LEAP and the TLC Program were "a big help" for her to succeed in the classroom. She also credits assistant coach Gary Potts for her progress as a student-athlete.
"Coach Gary was like my step-dad here at PCC," Lacey said. "I felt he did a really good job of being a mentor."
Lacey is expected to start classes at PVAMU in August, and will play as a junior for the 2012-2013 Panthers squad.
[Photo--PCC's Tonisha Lacey (center) signed with Prarie View A&M University and is seen here in a photo session with the Lancers women's basketball coaching staff, head coach Joe Peron (left), assistant Gary Potts (standing), and assistant La'Nette Dillard (far right), image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 06/04/12