News: Another 20-Win Season For PCC Women's Basketball
For the 11th time in the past 12 seasons under head coach Joe Peron, the Pasadena City College women's basketball team hit the 20-win mark Wednesday behind an 87-55 rout over host Los Angeles Trade Tech.
The Lancers, rated No. 8 in the state, improved to 20-7 overall and 9-3 in the South Coast Conference (second place in the North Division). It is the 13th season in 18 years under Peron that the Lancers reached the 20 plateau. Already the winningest coach in PCC basketball history (men or women), Peron has 432 coaching victories to his credit.
Sophomore point guard Desiree Loving led four Lancers in double digits in scoring with 15 points to go with five steals, five rebounds and three assists. Loving helped PCC put together one of its best free throw shooting games this season as she made 7-for-8 from the line. The Lancers were 27-for-37 overall, an efficient 73 percent.
Freshman forward Bailey Williams, who has started the past two games, showed the coaching staff that she will likely stay there for the postseason. She posted a double with 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Starting sophomore guard Skai Thompson played one of her best games in conference with a total effort including 13 points, six assists, six rebounds and four steals.
Sophomore center Kaitlyn Parks added 10 points and eight rebounds and sophomore guard Tyler Crockom contributed eight points (6-of-7 of the line), eight rebounds and four assists.
The bench had a strong showing led by frosh guards Emily Thach (eight points) and Kiara Phillips (seven points, six rebounds, four assists). Sophomore forward Averie-Alice Guzman netted six points, frosh forward Kandace Payne had five points and five rebounds, and letterman forward Brandi DuBose totaled five points, four rebounds and two blocks.
"We pride ourselves on our consistency in winning," Peron said. "While 20 wins is only a number in a season, we understand how hard it is to achieve 20 victories. You can't have letdowns or losing streaks. Our goal now is to reach our best level of performance in the postseason."
Patrice Darden led LA Trade Tech with 26 points as the Beavers finished the season at 11-13 overall and 6-7 in the SCC.
The Lancers close the regular season on Friday, Feb. 21 when they travel to El Camino College-Compton Center. Tip-off is 5 p.m.
[Photo--Averie-Alice Guzman lays up the short basket during PCC's win at LA Trade Tech Wednesday night, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 02/20/2014