Defense Remains Constant In Another 20-Win Season For Women's Hoops
In most recent seasons, the Pasadena City College women's basketball team built its reputation on a high energy, quick-paced offense and one of the state's top fastbreak units. But in 2012-13, the Lancers have utilized a tight half court defense, one that has been the theme of the team's success.
For the 12th time this season, the Lancers held an opponent to less than 50 points and for the 12th time it produced a victory as PCC downed East Los Angeles College, 49-45, in a South Coast Conference game Friday night at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
The win gave PCC head coach Joe Peron his 12th season of 20 or more wins in his 17 years directing the Lancers. Ranked No. 9 in the state, Pasadena improved to 20-6 and 10-4 in third place in the SCC.
The Lancers led 25-18 at halftime, but ELAC rallied to tie it at 31-31 with 10 minutes left. PCC responded with a 16-5 run that was started on a corner 3-pointer by guard Stella Ghazarian and ended by the sophomore guard drilling a 25-footer from well beyond the top of the circle with four minutes left. The shot gave PCC a commanding 47-36 lead.
PCC and ELAC played a physical type, defensive grudge match that resulted in 46 fouls and 61 free throw attempts. Fortunately for the Lancers, the Huskies were an atrocious 13-for-37 from the line (35.1 percent). Pasadena wasn't much better, making only 10 of 24 line attempts (41.7 percent).
However, point guard Shay Jackson was 4-for-4 at the line while being the only Lancer left allowed to shoot with the two hands due to her tiny fingers/hands size. The rest of the team has employed a 1-hand approach to force the players into concentrating better from the 15-foot stripe. In this game, the strategy didn't work, making only six of 20 attempts via the 1-hand style.
PCC received another double-double effort by frosh center Kaitlyn Parks, who scored a team-high 14 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. Parks made 7-for-13 field goals and surprisingly did not get an opportunity to shoot a free throw. Ghazarian added 13 points (four treys).
For East Los Angeles (15-10, 8-6 in the SCC), forward Karina Ortiz scored 16 points, grabbed nine rebounds, made seven steals and blocked four shots.
PCC will finish the SCC and regular season next week with a home game v. Los Angeles Trade Tech (Wednesday, Feb. 20) and a road game at Cerritos College on Friday, Feb. 22.
[Photo--Coaches v. Cancer--The Lancer players wore brand new pink and white jerseys in honor of the fight against cancer drive on Friday night, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]