News: Women's Basketball Sends Four Players To University Level
After finishing No. 9 in the final state poll this past season, the Pasadena City College women's basketball team and head coach Joe Peron placed four sophomores at 4-year universities for the 2013-14 season.
Shay Jackson, an All-State Second Team point guard, is headed to Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, a NCAA Division II college. The speedy, 5-foot-4 Jackson, who plans on majoring in kinesiology, will be a late transfer and is expected to join the Lincoln squad in December. Jackson averaged 9.6 points and a South Coast Conference-leading 5.5 assists per game in her only season at PCC. Jackson attended Castlemont High (Oakland) and Wabash Valley Community College (Illinois) before coming to PCC. She was named All-SCC First Team and was a selection on four different all-tournament teams, including MVP of the Pasasdena Rose City Classic.
Marquetta Stokes, an All-State Third Team forward from two seasons ago and twice an All-SCC First Team choice, received a scholarship to attend NAIA Southern University at New Orleans (Louisiana). Stokes, No. 21 on PCC's All-Time Scoring List with 659 points, also raced on the PCC women's track and field team this year. The 5-11 Stokes played her prep ball at Oakland Tech before attending PCC from 2010-13.
"I decided on Southern University because it has a great criminal justice program and a basketball program that I can excel in," Stokes said. "Because I'm a city person, once they offered me a full scholarship, I didn't give it any second thoughts. The things I learned at PCC as a student-athlete will definitely stick with me in making the transfer."
Stella Ghazarian, a two-time, All-SCC shooting guard and the conference leader in 3-point baskets in both of her seasons (2011-12 and 2012-13), moves on to D-2 Texas A&M International University. The 5-6 Ghazarian is right behind Stokes at No. 22 of PCC's leading scorers (650 points). She attended Glendale High before coming to PCC, and said she decided on Texas A&M International because it is "one of the few colleges that have special education as a major for a bachelor's degree." Ghazarian finished with 151 baskets beyond the 3-point line in her two seasons to place her No. 5 at PCC in that category.
Kahlia Theus, a role-playing guard in her two seasons, earned a scholarship to NAIA Texas College. The 5-6 Theus attended Seaside High (Monterey County) prior to her arrival to PCC. Theus was often the first player off the bench to help ignite the Lancers.
"I'm proud of the fact that we are among the state leaders in women's basketball at matriculating student-athletes to universities," Peron said. "We have a winning program and the players learn how to be successful, but most gratifying is seeing them reach their goals to graduate with a college university degree."
Peron's total of players that have earned scholarships has reached 39 in his 17 seasons in charge of the Lancers. It's the fourth time that at least four players have been a part of a single graduating class. Many other Peron alumni have gone on to attend 4-year universities and earn degrees after they chose to stop playing basketball after PCC.
[Photo--All-State point guard Shay Jackson is one of four Lancers who earned 4-year university scholarships.]
Release Date: 08/06/2013