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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.

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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.]

Robert Lewis, Sports Information
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