News: Women's Basketball Overwhelms Trade Tech, 85-46
Still feeling stung by a tough loss against long-time rival Mt. San Antonio earlier in the week, the Pasadena City College women's basketball team used Friday's matchup v. visiting Los Angeles Trade Tech as a diagnostic tuneup. Turns out the Lancers engine is running fine as PCC drove to an 85-46, South Coast Conference rout.
Currently No. 3 in the state poll, the Lancers improved to 14-5 overall and 3-1 in the SCC North Division. Trade Tech dropped to 7-8 and 2-2.
PCC head coach Joe Peron utilized all 12 of his players, often changing the entire lineup every few minutes. Ten scored at least one field goal and 11 finished with four or more points. Freshman guard Kiara Phillips led the Lancers with 16 points, followed by sophomore center Kaitlyn Parks with 12 (and seven rebounds), and frosh guard Tyler Polk with 11.
Polk and freshman guard Emily Thach each knocked down two 3-pointers during a 15-5 scoring run that gave PCC an early 23-12 lead. The Lancers led 39-19 at halftime, but continued to play a hard 40 minutes with physical play and pressure defense. The team finished with 20 steals and forced LATT into 37 turnovers.
Sophomore guard Skai Thompson totaled nine points and second-year guard Tyler Crockom added seven points, six assists and three steals. Off the bench, frosh center Bailey Williams contributed six points and a team-high eight rebounds, while Thach and freshman guard Joelle Tucker also scored six each. Rookie forward Kandace Payne added four points and five rebounds and sophomore forward Averie-Alice Guzman had four points and six rebounds.
For Trade Tech, Tasheba Henery scored a game-high 19 points.
PCC next hosts El Camino College-Compton Center on Wednesday, Jan. 22 in a 7 p.m. tip-off at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
[Photo--Kiara Phillips, who played her prep basketball in Australia, brings the ball up the floor during the Lancers win over Trade Tech Friday night, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 01/18/2014