The women’s basketball team was unable to upset Mt. SAC after only making one basket in their 55-43 loss on Friday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
Pasadena had to play catch-up in the final 10 minutes of play to try cutting down the Mounties’ 15-point lead after they went on an 18-2 run during the third quarter.
The Lady Lancers fought hard during the final quarter but couldn’t come back. The foul trouble they were plagued with throughout the game hurt them a lot as well.
Forward Patience Madayag said the third quarter is the hardest quarter for them because the mistakes get them behind.
Madayag’s layup was the only one in that quarter.
Head coach Joe Peron wasn’t happy about the scoreless streak but remained optimistic about the playoffs.
“We went cold for eight minutes in the third quarter,” Peron said. “I think we got relaxed … We didn’t meet the challenges in the third quarter. That’s what killed us.”
The first minutes of the game weren’t easy for Pasadena to score but they started getting into the groove when they worked their high screen-and-rolls.
Forward Ilianna Blanc sat out most of the first half after picking up two early fouls and couldn’t get her rhythm going in the game. She went 2-5 from the field and finished with five points.
The first half was a seesaw battle that saw the Lady Lancers maintain the lead throughout.
Pasadena had a hard time with the Mounties’ shooting in their first meeting this season and were able to run them off of the three-point line more on Friday. But the crafty Mounties were able to draw just as many fouls as the first meeting.
Guard/Forward Ella Stepanian finished the game with 10 points. She said this game is more of a learning experience than anything.
Looking forward at the post season, she said the mentality going in is the main thing they are focusing on.
“I think either way we have the potential, talent, and heart to win,” Stepanian said. “It depends on our opponent, not on us. We are ready to face anyone and give it our all. Just mentally, we need to be prepared specifically for a game–for each team.”
Pasadena hosts Rio Hondo College on Wednesday Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. for the first round of playoffs. If they win, they will move on and play No. 3 Ventura College, who Pasadena has a split record against.
“We’re going to keep practicing like it’s just another game because we do want to be the ‘Cinderella team’ and come back from this [loss],” Madayag said. “We know Mt. SAC isn’t the only hard team to defeat, so we just have to go in with a positive mindset.”