Winning two out of three games over the weekend, the women’s basketball team was able to secure 3rd place in the annual Honda of Pasadena Classic tournament.
The Lancers beat the Long Beach City College Vikings on Sunday, bouncing back from their loss against East Los Angeles College on Saturday to beat the Vikings 58-50.
“There were a few times where I had the open three-point shot,” point guard Judith Espinoza said, who led PCC to the victory Sunday night. “Instead of shooting, I just brought the ball back out to run whatever play [head coach Joe Peron] wanted to so we can run out the time.”
Espinoza led all scorers with 18 points and a game-high 9 assists. Regerina Baker added 10 points with 4 steals and Kyrstin Nakamura had three 3-pointers in the game, finishing with 10 points.
“I think today was a totally different game from the loss against East Los Angeles,” assistant coach Gary Potts said. “The team talked more out on the court, we switched on screens and we made the adjustments. We had some of the best defense we’ve ever had on closing out on shooters.”
Potts said that lack of defense, missed free throws, and foul trouble had been key factors in the 66-59 loss against the East Los Angele Warriors on Saturday.
In their first game Friday night, the Lancers blew out Taft College and after being up by as many as 43 points, winning 85-45.
“It’s always good to win your first game and see your shooters maker their first few shots,” said Peron, who improved his career record to 436-126 over the weekend. “Iliana Blanc and Baker are my two most productive forwards and they showed it.”
PCC got banged up in its opening games, having two of its players suffer minor injuries. Blanc went down with a knee injury late in the second half of game three that Peron said would be monitored, but she said that she was OK and would be available in the next game.
Sophomore guard Emily Thach also suffered a minor injury to her back late in the first game, having to come out after scoring 14 of her 17 points that night. She returned in the second half, but Peron said that he and his coaching staff would have to keep an eye on her minutes moving forward.
“I was really surprised at how well we meshed this weekend,” Thach said. “We all come from different backgrounds, but we came together as a team and did extremely well in all three games. I think we can carry things we learned this weekend into future games.”
PCC faces Chaffey College on Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. in the Glendale Vaquero Shootout at Glendale City College.
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