News: PCC-Mt. SAC Rivalry Hits Low For Women's Basketball
Many could argue that the rivalry between Pasadena City College and Mt. San Antonio in women's basketball is the most heralded in community college sports. The programs have played epic battles, including the 2004 state championship final, and a few overtime games that decided conference titles between them.
In the past few years, Mt. San Antonio has turned the South Coast Conference rivalry into a one-sided affair. On Friday night at Mt. SAC, the defending state champion Mounties held the Lancers to their lowest point total in more than 11 years in defeating PCC, 57-40. The No. 1 ranked and undefeated Mt. SAC (13-0) left Pasadena, the state's No. 8-ranked squad, reeling at 0-2 in the conference and 8-3 overall.
Mt. SAC has won each of the last six encounters with the Lancers, who last beat the Mounties on Feb. 17, 2010 in the conference finale of the 2009-10 season. The scores of the games have been revealing as Mt. SAC has used a stifling defense in its victories. In the 2011 regional playoffs, Pasadena scored just 45 points in a 61-45 third round loss. Last season, the Mounties ran away with 73-50 and 77-53 wins during their conference title run (PCC took fifth place).
Friday's loss was the third lowest scoring total by a Lancers team in Joe Peron's PCC head coaching career, and the 40 points marked the lowest since Jan. 5, 2001 when Cerritos topped visiting PCC, 48-30. The other low score of 36 points occurred in Peron's first head coaching season when LA Harbor downed the Lancers, 39-36, on Jan. 10, 1997 at PCC's old gymnasium, torn down at the end of that season to eventually make way for Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
Another dubious mark for the Lancers was that no player reached double figures in scoring. That had never happened in the 500-plus games that Peron has directed PCC teams. Point guard Shay Jackson led Pasadena with nine points as the team did not record a 3-point basket (0-for-6), made just 15 field goals in 58 attempts (25.9 percent accuracy), and shot a woeful 10-for-24 from the free throw line (41.7 percent).
PCC missed its first nine shots from the floor, didn't score until an Averie-Alice Guzman free throw nearly five minutes into the game, and hit its first field goal on Kahlia Theus jumper with 12:37 left in the first half. By halftime, Mt. SAC led 22-13 and the Lancers did not threaten in the second half.
For Mt. SAC, Morgan Mason and Ashley Carter each scored 15 points.
Next up for the Lancers is the annual San Jose City College Lady Jaguar Invitational as they face Laney College in a 1 p.m. first round game on Friday, Dec. 28. PCC's next opportunity to win a conference game is Friday, Jan. 4 when it visits El Camino College-Compton Center (6 p.m.).
Peron still could reach milestone win No. 400 before the new year if the Lancers win at least two of three games at the SJCC tourney.
[Photo--Lancer guard Kahlia Theus attempts a shot from the corner during the Lancers loss at Mt. San Antonio College Friday night, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 12/23/2012