News: Crockom's Big First Half Lifts Women's Hoops
Pasadena City College women's basketball sophomore guard Tyler Crockom showed just how important she is to the success of the state No. 5-ranked Lancers Wednesday night. While the team's big three scorers struggled offensively, it was Crockom who stepped up with a huge first-half effort that helped PCC down Cerritos College, 59-42, in a South Coast Conference game at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
The Lancers won their fourth straight and eighth of their last nine games to improve to 17-5 overall and 6-1 in South Coast Conference games. PCC is currently in second place in the SCC North Division, one game behind first-place Mt. San Antonio. Despite a game-high 17 points by Nia Lateju, Cerritos dropped to 12-9 and 5-2.
Crockom made 6-for-7 on field goals to score all 13 of her points and added four assists and four rebounds as PCC pulled away from the Falcons, 38-19, in the opening 20 minutes. Although she didn't score in the second half, Crockom finished as the team's leader in scoring, assists (six) and rebounds (six).
The 5-foot-10 Pasadena High product impressed her head coach Joe Peron.
"I was very proud of Tyler tonight in that first half," Peron said. "She looked more like the player who was the MVP of the Glendale Tournament back in November. That's the Tyler Crockom I like to see. She needs to continue to attack the basket and assert herself."
Crockom did just that as she three times drove through the lane from the top of the 3-point circle to finish off inside baskets. With PCC ahead only 19-15, Crockom would make four straight baskets and assist on three others in a 19-4 run that allowed the Lancers breathing room.
The second half turned into a defensive tussle for both teams as PCC scored just 21 points and only took 20 shots from the floor.
Making contributions for the Lancers were sophomore guard Skai Thompson, who scored 11 points and made five steals, and second-year point guard Desiree Loving with10 points and five rebounds. Loving was 8-for-10 from the free throw line.
PCC enters a stiff challenge Friday, Jan. 31 when it travels to play No. 3-ranked Long Beach City College in a 5 p.m. tip-off. The Vikings are 19-3 and in first place in the SCC South Division.
[Photo--Tyler Crockom goes up for the basket in PCC's win over Cerritos Wednesday, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 01/29/2014