News: Overtime Win Over No. 3 LBCC Keeps SCC Title Hopes A Possibility For WBB
The state No. 5-ranked Pasadena City College women's basketball team knew if it had any chance of catching South Coast Conference first-place Mt. San Antonio, it would have to upset No. 3 Long Beach City on the road Friday. The Lancers answered the challenge and kept their title hopes alive with a 77-70 overtime victory over the Vikings.
PCC (18-5 overall) extended its winning streak to five games, and won for the ninth time in the last 10 games. In the process, the Lancers (7-1 in conference) remained one game back of SCC North Division leader Mt. SAC (20-4, 8-0).
SCC South co-leader Long Beach, 19-4 overall, lost its second second straight game despite leading 65-63 and a chance to extend the advantage on free throws with 18 seconds left. Instead after two missed attempts, PCC seized the opportunity as Tyler Crockom drove the lane and scored the tying basket with only seven seconds remaining.
Crockom and teammate Desiree Loving combined to score all 12 of the Lancers' points (six each) in the 5-minute OT period to seal the victory.
Overall, the sophomore Loving scored a team-high 20 points while grabbing nine rebounds and adding four assists. The veteran Crockom had her second straight big effort with 14 points, a team-high 12 rebounds plus six assists and three steals. Crockom made 10-for-15 from the free throw line and her late heroic layup was one of her only two field goals in the game (the other in OT). Freshman shooting guard Kiara Phillips totaled 18 points.
Off the bench, forward Brandi DuBose delivered key minutes with five points and seven rebounds.
PCC withstood an onslaught of Long Beach 3-pointers, 10 in all (five by Abbey Goodsell). Shakeena Benton scored 21 points while Goodsell tallied 19.
Pasadena is looking for its first SCC title since 2007 (or two years prior to the program's historic first CCCAA state championship in 2009). Meanwhile, Mt. SAC has won at least a share of each of the last 12 conference titles dating back to 2002. The last three for the Mounties were all overall conference crowns in the then 9-team league. This season, the conference welcomed the return of Los Angeles Harbor College to women's basketball as the teams split back to a two-division, 5-team each format. The only change is that, like the men's current format, all 13 division and cross-division game count toward the conference standings.
The Lancers next host the Seahawks of Harbor Wednesday, Feb. 5 on Coaches vs. Cancer Night at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. Tip-off is 5 p.m.
[Photo--PCC's Tyler Crockom pulls down a rebound with Bailey Williams aiding support. Desiree Loving is lower left in the Lancers win at Long Beach City College, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.
Release Date: 01/31/2014