News: Six Lancers Make All-SCC; Women's Hoops Host Playoff v. COC Friday, Feb. 28
Seeded No. 4 in the Southern California Regional Playoffs, the Pasadena City College women's basketball team opens the 2014 postseason Friday, Feb. 28 when it hosts No. 13 College of the Canyons in a Round 2 game. Tip-off at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium is 7 p.m.
The Lancers (21-7) finished in second place in the South Coast Conference North Division. In pre-conference play, they twice defeated the region's No. 1 seed Ventura and won the Glendale and Irvine Valley tournaments. PCC is making its 17th appearance in the playoffs under head coach Joe Peron, who has advanced his teams to the postseason in all but one of his 18 seasons (only miss was 2001).
The Lancers are 31-15 in their playoff history and 18-1 at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, only losing for the first time there last year v. Irvine Valley.
PCC played Canyons just once in the postseason, losing 90-52 to the Cougars in the second round of the 2000 Regionals. The Lancers are 10-7 against COC in their overall meetings under Peron, including a 73-47 win over the Cougars on Dec. 29 in the consolation final of the San Jose City College Lady Jaguar Invitational.
Canyons (13-14 overall) finished in a 3-way tie for second place in the Western State North Division and is the only team in the playoffs with an under .500 overall record. COC did do something this year that PCC couldn't--beat No. 2 seed Mt. San Antonio. The Cougars won 68-67 over the Mounties at the November Ventura Kiwanis Tournament.
COC is led by South region scoring leader Keiona Mathews, who averaged 25 points a game and was named WSC North MVP. In the loss to PCC, Mathews tallied 22 points as Canyons scored its season low in '13-14.
LANCERS ON ALL-SCC NORTH TEAM
Sophomore point guard Desiree Loving, sophomore center Kaitlyn Parks and sophomore guard Tyler Crockom were each selected to the All-SCC North Division First Team by conference coaches. Parks made it to the squad for the second straight season.
Sophomore guard Skai Thompson, sophomore forward Brandi DuBose and freshman forward/center Bailey Williams were picked to the All-SCC Second Team.
Loving leads the Lancers in scoring (12.8 points) and assists (4.6) and was the SCC leader in free throw shooting in conference games only at 77 percent.
[Photo--Desiree Loving was one of six Lancers named All-SCC.]
Release Date: 02/26/2014