News: Women's Basketball Takes 5th At San Jose Tournament
While the Pasadena City College women's basketball team won its final two games at the San Jose City College Lady Jaguar Invitational, the state No. 2-ranked Lancers are still feeling the sting from a 59-49 loss to No. 5 Fresno City College that opened the tourney on December 27.
The Lancers (11-4) had hoped to go for their third straight tournament title, but instead were derailed by the Rams, who held PCC to its lowest scoring total of the season. PCC had previously won the Glendale and Irvine Valley tournaments.
After a 77-51 rout over Laney, the Lancers closed out the 2013 portion and pre-conference schedule with a 73-47 triumph over College of the Canyons for the SJCC consolation title. In the Laney win, center Kaitlyn Parks led six different players who scored in double digits with 14 points. Guard Desiree Loving added 13 points, forward Tyler Polk and guard Tyler Crockom each scored 11, while forwards Skai Thompson and Averie-Alice Guzman each netted 10.
Against Canyons, Thompson and Polk scored 15 points a piece, followed by Loving with 14 and Parks with 12. Emily Thach (two 3-pointers) and Joelle Tucker both scored six points.
The Lancers open their 13-game, South Coast Conference schedule on Wednesday, Jan. 8 when they host East Los Angeles College. Tip-off is 7 p.m. (following the men's game) at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
With the addition of a women's team at Los Angeles Harbor, the SCC has returned to a two-division format with the Lancers in the North Division consisting of East LA, LA Trade Tech, El Camino College-Compton Center, and Mt. San Antonio. As the men have done in the past two years, crossover games against South Division teams now count toward the division title/placing for the women.
Last season, PCC took third place in a 9-team overall conference and played a 16-game SCC schedule. This season, PCC faces division opponents ELAC, Trade Tech, Compton, and Mt. SAC twice and play South Division foes Cerritos, El Camino, Long Beach, LA Southwest, and Harbor once each.
"Every conference game means something so you can't afford to slip up no matter the opponent," PCC head coach Joe Peron said. "We feel we have the tools to win a conference title and, of course, make a long run in the playoffs. We've already beaten some very strong teams, but we've lost to some good ones too, so there's hard work yet to be done by the players and coaching staff."
The Lancers actually have won a state title (2009) more recently than their last conference crown, a co-title with Mt. SAC in 2007. PCC has captured six SCC championships in Peron's tenure as head coach going back to the 1996-97 season.
[File Photo--Freshman guard Joelle Tucker (from Monrovia High), seen here in an early season game, has played some strong minutes off the bench for the Lancers.]
Release Date: 12/30/2013