News: Women's Hoops Lose Conference Opener For 2nd Straight Year
With a state No. 8-ranking and an 8-1 record, the Pasadena City College women's basketball team hoped it had erased the memories of last season when the team struggled to a fifth place finish in the powerful South Coast Conference. On Wednesday, No. 10 Long Beach City College handed the Lancers a conference-opening defeat for the second consecutive season.
Going into last season, the Lancers held an impressive 19-game winning streak over LBCC during a stretch of years in which Long Beach served as merely a punching bag for PCC. However, the Vikings have completely turned the tables on Pasadena as their 71-57 win was their third straight triumph over the Lancers.
Pasadena never took a lead v. LBCC (9-1 overall, 2-0 in SCC play), but managed to tie it by halftime, 30-30, on a 3-pointer from sophomore guard Stella Ghazarian and two free throws by point guard Shay Jackson. That would be the Lancers' last hurrah.
In the second half, Long Beach went on an 18-2 run to take a commanding 55-37 lead with 10 minutes left in the contest. In the spurt, Pasadena made eight turnovers in a span of 12 possessions, including four straight miscues. Overall, the Lancers fumbled the ball for 25 turnovers that were converted into 30 Vikings' points.
Ghazarian came off the bench to score 12 points (four 3-point bombs and four rebounds) and was matched for the team scoring lead by freshman center Kaitlyn Parks, who scored 12, but was limited to just three rebounds. Parks was averaging a conference-high 11.6 rebounds coming into the game.
Starting guard Desiree Loving added 10 points, six assists and four rebounds. Jackson had an unusual evening as she statistically was credited with no field goal attempts, but her drives to the basket ended up allowing her to score all nine of her points from the free throw line (9-for-14 at the stripe). Jackson, a transfer sophomore, made seven turnovers and the conference leader in assists was held to just one helper. Letterman guard Sabrina Martinez added to her conference best mark in steals with two to give her 34 on the year. Martinez scored seven points.
For LBCC, Jasmine Williams scored 18 points and Shakeena Benton tallied 17. Talia Rayford added nine points, but dominated the inside with 13 rebounds.
PCC is in conference trouble already and it won't get any easier Friday, Dec. 21 when the Lancers play defending CCCAA State champion Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut. Tip-off is 6 p.m. as the Mounties bring a 12-0 record and No. 1 state ranking into the game. The Mounties own a five-game winning streak dating back to 2010 v. PCC.
Pasadena head coach Joe Peron is approaching a major milestone, needing two wins to hit No. 400 in victories for his Lancers' coaching career.
[Photo--Lancer freshman guard Desiree Loving, from Centennial High in Compton, goes up for a shot in a recent game.]
Release Date: 12/20/2012