News: Women's Basketball Routs West LA By 70 In Rose City Classic Opener
The last time the Pasadena City College women's basketball team played a real contest at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, it was one of the most discouraging moments in head coach Joe Peron's 18 years running the Lancers. The team lost to Irvine Valley in the SoCal Regional Playoffs ending the program's 18-0 run in playoff games played at the HP Gym.
On Thursday, forgive the Lancers if the had an extra step on their fast breaks, an extra hard play on defense, or even an extra push or two against the opponent. PCC decimated West Los Angeles College in the third largest rout in Lancers history, 104-34, on opening night of the 2013-14 season in the first round of the 15th Rose City Classic Tournament.
It was the 16th time in school history that PCC reached the century mark in points and first time in three years. PCC will now face South Coast Conference foe El Camino in the championship semifinals on Friday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. El Camino used 17 points by Faith Matsuda and 15 second-half points from Shontalene Trudeau to defeat Taft, 77-57, in another first round game.
In the PCC 13-14 debut, transfer sophomore guard Skai Thompson led the way for the Lancers with 19 points. Thompson, the only Lancer starter to reach double digits in scoring, added six rebounds, four assists and three steals and sank two 3-point bombs.
PCC returning guard Tyler Crockom nearly had a triple-double as she scored nine points, dished out nine assists and made a whopping 10 of the Lancers' 35 steals on the evening. WLAC was forced into 48 turnovers overall.
The Lancers bench had some fun with three players in double figures led by Emily Thach with 14 points (6-for-8 from the field). Returning letterman Averie-Alice Guzman also knocked down 14 points, including a pair of 3's and newcomer Joelle Tucker added 11 points and four steals.
All 12 PCC players scored a basket as starting and returning All-SCC center Kaitlyn Parks with eight points and six rebounds, returning point guard Desiree Loving with eight points, six steals and five assists, and letterman forward Brandi DuBose grabbing seven rebounds and scoring two points. The reserves included eight points from Tyler Polk, seven points, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals by Bailey Williams, and four points from Kandace Payne.
"All the nervous energy of practicing hard in the pre-season paid off with a really strong outing out of the gate for us," Peron said. "We know we are capable of pressuring other teams and this was an example of what happens when you play 40 minutes of basketball."
PCC had a plethora of baskets on steals that led to fast breaks.
The Friday semifinals are as follows:
2 p.m.--Citrus v. Canyons
If the Lancers defeat El Camino, they would face the winner of the Irvine Valley/Long Beach contest in the Rose City championship final on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m.
[Photo--Lancer Skai Thompson drives the lane v. West LA in PCC's season-opening victory Thursday in the 15th Rose City Classic at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 11/15/2013