Women's Cagers Give State No. 1 Mt. SAC A Scare, Lose, 52-45
After an upset victory over No. 5-ranked Long Beach City College Wednesday, the Pasadena City College women's basketball team set its sights on a bigger fish to reel in---state No. 1 Mt. San Antonio College. With 16 minutes left, the 10th-rated Lancers led, 38-37, on a long 3-point bomb by Stella Ghazarian.
But the defending state champion Mounties suffocated the Lancers' offense the rest of the game and stretched their two-season long winning streak to 30 games, defeating PCC, 52-45, Friday night at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
PCC remains in third place in the South Coast Conference at 16-6 overall and 6-4 in league games. Mt. SAC is 24-0 and tops the SCC at 11-0.
Ghazarian made all nine of her points on three 3-pointers, all in the opening four minutes of the second half as PCC briefly overcame a 28-27 halftime lead by Mt. SAC. However, the sophomore Ghazarian didn't take another shot in the game and due to the defensive pressure put on by the Mounties was relegated to the bench for most of the last 10 minutes of the game.
Instead, PCC head coach Joe Peron tried to battle Mt. SAC with speed and tough defense of its own. The rest of the second half proved to be intense, but not entertaining for fans in attendance as both teams played sloppy and could not get into any offensive rhythm.
A layup by Mt. SAC guard Ashley Carter gave her team a 45-43 lead with 4:34 left and it was part of an 11-1 run by the Mounties that lasted six minutes and ultimately sent the Lancers to defeat.
"We played well for about 25 minutes, and then we started straying from our type of game, rushing shots and making mistakes," Peron said. "We did a good job of shutting them down with our defense, so we know that we can stay with Mt. SAC. Maybe we'll have another shot at them in the postseason, but we can take away from this game that we are capable of greater things in the playoffs."
Overall, PCC first-year center Kaitlyn Parks picked up another double-double on 10 points and 13 rebounds (plus three blocked shots), and freshman guard Desiree Loving came off the bench to score all 10 of her points in the first half. Loving was 4-for-5 from the floor, all on outside jump shots in the opening 20 minutes. Frosh forward Tyler Crockom added nine points and four steals.
For Mt. SAC, Morgan Mason scored a game-high 17 points plus 11 rebounds, and Shawlina Segovia tallied 14 points.
PCC will host El Camino College-Compton Center on Wednesday, Feb. 6 in a 5 p.m. tip-off.
[Photo--Lancer center Kaitlyn Parks blocks a shot during the Lancers' 52-45 loss to Mt. San Antonio Friday night at PCC, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]