Good things come to those who wait, such as chances for great shots or well-executed plays. However, patience didn’t come easy for women’s basketball as the team missed crucial shots and opportunities to break Mt. SAC’s undefeated streak. The outcome was a seven-point defeat by No. 1 Mounties (24-0, 11-0), 52-45 on Feb. 1.
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Good things come to those who wait, such as chances for great shots or well-executed plays. However, patience didn’t come easy for women’s basketball as the team missed crucial shots and opportunities to break Mt. SAC’s undefeated streak. The outcome was a seven-point defeat by No. 1 Mounties (24-0, 11-0), 52-45 on Feb. 1.

No. 10 PCC remains in third place in the South Coast Conference 6-4, and falls to 16-6 overall.

“[It was] a lack of discipline, which caused quick shots and mistakes,” said Head Coach Joe Peron. “That cost us the game, basically.”

Both teams never gained much of a lead, remaining close in points throughout the entire game. Just when one team started to break away, the other did its best to top it.

With eight minutes left to play, PCC had its final lead 42-41, before Mt. SAC went on a 10-3 run. Freshman center Kaitlyn Parks played a pivotal role with a game high of 13 boards and three blocks while contributing 10 points and two steals.

“We played our butts off, but it wasn’t good enough,” said Parks. “It isn’t a negative thing, it’s the truth. We played really well compared to the best team in our conference. What more can we ask for?”

As the first half was winding down, freshman guard Desiree Loving made a shot to tie the game 19 all, and dished out eight of 10 points back-to-back, including two free throws.

“I was just so excited to win and keep my team going, [but] I really needed to slow down and keep the momentum slower,” said Loving. “I just tried to keep my head in the game, and not let my mistakes get to me.”

Sophomore guard Stella Ghazarian and freshman forward Tyler Crockom added nine points apiece. Crockom contributed four boards and four steals.

“Our defense was much better [and] our intensity was a lot higher,” said Peron. “We played 35 minutes of basketball this time.”

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