Game Update:The ELAC “Lady Huskies” defeated Santa Ana College (101-94) in yesterday’s 2nd Round playoff. The team must now wait for the outcome of the #14 Pasadena City College vs. #3 Ventura game taking place tonight, 2/27/16. Congrats to the Lady Huskies. Head Coach Bruce Turner, and his entre Coaching staff!! The next game is set for this coming Wednesday, March 2nd. Full story of the Santa Ana game will be posted shortly.
Note From The Editor:The 2015-16 season is officially over for most community colleges. However, the second season is ready to get underway on Friday, 2/26 for just the handful of teams who acheived their goals of reaching this very valued point of their season. We are extremely proud to count our ELAC “Lady Huskies” and their Head Coach, Bruce Turner, in that number. “March Madness” is right around the corner and the “Road To The State Championship Final Four” for the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) colleges starts now.
Note #2: In addition to viewing our photo gallery, we’ve added the game video of the win over the visiting Compton-El Camino “Tartars,” which was played on 2/17. This will give all of the team’s fans another great look at the Lady Huskies in action. We hope you take some time to enjoy our production and then share as widely as possible. Remember, today is “Game Day” at 7 pm.
“Lady Huskies” March Into The Madness For School Record “3-Peat” Playoff Appearance
Attention all ELAC hoops fans…Another historic milestone has been acheived as this year’s Women’s basketball team sets a school record with their third consecutive appearance in the CCCAA’s State Championship Tournament. For their well-deserved efforts, the “Lady Huskies,” now (20-9) overall and the 6th seed, will host the second round of the playoffs on Friday, 2/26 against the Santa Ana College “Lady Dons” (17-11), with tip-off set for 7 pm. A very loud and supportive student body and community fan base will cheer the team on to victory, so we encourage you to arrive just a bit early to get a great seat.
Let’s take a moment now and review the last four SCC conference match-ups as reported by our EastLASportsScene.Com contributor, Tadzio Garcia
The team dropped two games in South Coast Conference/North Division play, (82-60) at Mt. San Antonio College and (77-53) to Pasadena City College in Week #6.
At Mt. SAC, the Huskies were down (24-21) after the first quarter. Freshman Tiffani Martinez(Montebello HS) racked up three 3-point baskets to keep the Huskies close. The Mounties then outscored ELAC (19-3) in the second quarter and led (56-39) with seven seconds left in the third quarter. A feverish Huskie (13-4) run drew them to within 8 points, putting them at (70-62), with 6:26 left in the game. The ELAC faithful rallied the team and made it a point to drown out the home crowd, but that’s as close as ELAC would get.
Against Pasadena, the Vikings led (22-15) after the first quarter, which had four lead changes and three ties. After that, Pasadena outplayed and outhustled ELAC for the remainder of the game. Pasadena built leads of (19) in the second quarter, (20) in the third and (25) in the 4th quarter. The leading Huskie scorer on the night was guard, TiffaniMartinez, (Montebello HS) who scored a game-high (19) points, (18) of them on 3-point baskets. She had the Huskies’ only blocked shot in the contest. Martinez averages 10.3 points per game off three point shots, second best average in the State.
After these two consecutive losses, the Huskies dropped to third place in the SCC, but finished in second place after splitting their final two conference games against El Camino-Compton Center, winningat home on 2/17, but then losing on the road by one point at L.A. Trade Tech, on 2/19. The Huskies easily defeated these two teams in the first round of SCC play by an average of (26.5)points per game.
This split ended the regular season on a playoff-securing, and winning note! Then, over last weekend, Head Coach, Bruce Turner and his team waited patiently and nervously to see where the selection committee would seed them in the brackets. The wait was well worth it, as the Huskies received a second-round Home playoff game against a lower-seeded opponent, Santa Ana College.
Our closing reminder to all Fans is that the team is set to open the second round of the CCCAA Tournament with a much deserved home game, set for this Friday, 2/26, with tip-off at 7 pm. Please make your plans to root for and cheer on the team as they make their historic, and first “back-to-back-to-back”post-season playoff appearance.
Photo Credits: Tadzio Garcia, Photojournalist, For EastLASportsScene.Com; Mario Villegas, Volunteer, For East L.A. College Athletics Department; Videography Credit:Erik Sarni, EastLASportsScene.Com
Story Credits:Tadzio Garcia, Co–Contributor to EastLASportsScene.Com & Rico Cabrera, Sr./Managing Editor, EastLASportsScene.Com
Photo Gallery Viewing Tip:Hover over selected picture and click once for an enhanced image.
Salute To Our Veterans:Please take a look at the Veterans and Veterans Day graphics we’ve inserted into our gallery. Then take a moment to reflect on those who are family members, as well as those from our communities, who have served our country with pride, courage, and integrity.