News: ELAC Upsets Women's Hoops, SCC Title Hopes Damaged
Next Friday, Feb. 14 was supposed to be the Valentine's Day showdown between rivals Mt. San Antonio and the state No. 4-ranked Pasadena City College women's basketball team. But a not very funny thing happened on the way to the forum for the Lancers.
Unranked East Los Angeles College ended a 6-game winning streak by PCC, 72-67, at the Huskies gym Friday evening. The defeat left the Lancers at 8-2 in the SCC North Division. Mt. SAC, rated No. 2, tops the division at 9-0 and would have to lose two of its final four conference games to give Pasadena any chance of sharing a SCC title.
PCC (19-6 overall) played without sophomore center Kaitlyn Parks (resting a twisted ankle) for the second straight game. ELAC (15-10, 5-5 in the SCC) led early 15-5, then 47-39 by halftime. The Huskies would up the lead to 64-52.
At that point, the Lancers scored the game's next 13 consecutive points. Forward Brandi DuBose capped the run on a layup with 4:42 remaining that gave PCC only its second lead of the game at 65-64.
Guard Desiree Loving sank a jumper to up the Lancers advantage to 67-64. But PCC went cold over the game's final three minutes. ELAC scored the final eight points, five by guard Dioseline Lopez. The Huskies sank five free throws down the stretch. Lopez, who scored a game-high 22 points, was 10-for-14 at the line. East LA made 28-for-38 overall from the stripe (73.7 percent).
Pasadena lost despite three giant performances by sophomores Tyler Crockom, DuBose, who started both games this week in place of Parks, and Loving. Crockom (pictured) reached a double-double on her Lancers' career-high 20 points and 11 rebounds. DuBose scored 12 points and pulled down her career best of 17 rebounds. Both players were 6-for-11 from the field. Loving added 17 points, eight rebounds, six assists and was 7-for-8 on free throws.
PCC made 20 of 29 free throws (69 percent). The first half was a foul fest as the teams were whistled for 33 combined fouls resulting in 48 attempts (24 each) from the line. In the second half, the Lancers only took five attempts (made three) while East LA had 14 freebie attempts (made 12) in what appeared to be the game's most influential statistic.
Release Date: 02/08/2014