News: High-Scoring Jackson Helps Pierce Upset PCC No. 4 Women's Basketball
Under the radar but certainly a formidable opponent, the unranked Los Angeles Pierce College women's basketball team ended visiting state No. 4-rated Pasadena City College's six-game winning streak Wednesday, 81-77, thanks to the spectacular play of flashy guard Monica Jackson. The 5-foot-6 sophomore, the state's leading scorer in 2010-11, poured in 31 points.
Fresh off of two tournament titles, PCC (7-3 record) found no answer in trying to defend Jackson, who frequently made quick drives to the basket from a variety of angles while also sinking several baseline jumpers. Jackson helped Pierce (7-3) take a commanding 43-27 halftime lead.
The Lancers, though, responded in the second half behind the skills of their own talented sophomore point guard Desiree Loving. Scoring all 18 of her points in the second half, Loving helped PCC mount a fast and furious 13-2 run to open the final 20 minute period.
With 12:30 left, Skai Thompson's fast-break basket gave the Lancers their only lead of the game, 53-52. Pierce regained the lead, 57-55, on a pair of free throws by Gasia Sarkis. Jackson would help the Brahmas pull away as she sank five straight shots as they went ahead 73-63.
PCC made one last charge, cutting it to 78-75 with 35 seconds left on a 3-pointer by Thompson. The transfer guard, who totaled 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals, missed on two other long-range attempts that both were on target but not enough to drop in.
Lancers center Kaitlyn Parks picked up another double-double with a team-high 21 points and 12 rebounds (plus four blocks). Parks was 9-for-14 from the field. Tyler Crockom added five points and seven assists while Kiara Philips tallied seven points and grabbed five rebounds.
For Pierce, Amari Hampton netted five 3-pointers as part of her 24 points. The Brahmas made nine treys overall to four for PCC in what was the only statistical department where there was a a distinct advantage by either team.
The Lancers will travel to face Ventura College on Saturday, Dec. 21 in a 7 p.m. non-conference tip-off.
[Photo--Kaitlyn Parks makes the block during PCC's loss at LA Pierce College Wednesday, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 12/12/2013