News: Women's Basketball Pays Back El Camino
El Camino College made a little history for itself the last time it faced the state No. 5-ranked Pasadena City College women's basketball team. At the season-opening Rose City Classic, the Warriors won a game against the Lancers for the first time in PCC head coach Joe Peron's era, ending a streak of 24 straight games dating back to 1996 that Pasadena had defeated ECC.
El Camino did what it could to make it two in a row v. the Lancers Friday night, but PCC battled back from a 12-point deficit and pulled out a hard-fought 63-58, South Coast Conference victory in Torrance. PCC improved to 16-5 and is 5-1 in the SCC North, one game back of first-place Mt. San Antonio.
It was a tough blow for El Camino, now 12-8 and 3-3 in the South Division. The Warriors are not ranked in the state top 20 (15th in the SoCal poll).
The Lancers took the lead for good in the final few minutes. Freshman guard Kiara Phillips led PCC in scoring for the third straight game with 13 points while sophomore guard Desiree Loving tallied 12 points. Reserve frosh guard Joelle Tucker was a key player on defense, making six steals.
"We had a tremendous effort on defense over the last four minutes," Peron said. "El Camino really raised its level against us, especially this season. I don't think we could have afforded to lose this game in terms of the postseason seedings. Thankfully, we kept it together while playing behind. We had two fairly easy home wins coming into the game, so we needed to be tested. Winning on the road earned us an A in my book."
It won't get any easier for the Lancers when they host Cerritos College on Wednesday, Jan. 29 before traveling to face South Division leader Long Beach City College on Friday, Jan. 31. Cerritos is 5-1 in second place in the SCC South while Long Beach is rated No. 3 in the state at 19-2 and 6-0. Tip-off for Wednesday is 7 p.m. at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
[Photo--Lancer forward Brandi DuBose in action in a recent game. DuBose, from Muir High, has been a key reserve for the PCC in her two seasons as a rebounder and post play specialist.]
Release Date: 01/25/2014