COVID-19 Aftermath 1, Pasadena City College women's basketball 0. Although not a real score, it's one way to describe the 2021-2022 season for a Lancers program that had previously set a standard for consistency in winning and making the postseason.
A season lost due to the worldwide health pandemic (2020-2021 season cancelled), practice schedules altered often due to COVID-19 protocols in place, and an Omicron strain-related surge that caused a 3-week stoppage of play and practices at PCC ultimately left its toll on the Lancers. Injuries and COVID-19-related absences turned the team's 9-player roster into sometimes a band of five available.
Pasadena closed out its toughest season ever in 25 seasons under head coach Joe Peron, finishing 8-16 overall, placing fifth in the South Coast Conference North Division at 1-7 and losing a remarkable 13 of its last 14 games. The Lancers streak of postseason appearances ended at 19 years. The eight victories are the lowest in Peron's tenure and since his first season as head coach in 1996-97 when the team finished 12-14, but reached the SoCal Regional Playoffs.
The team's lack of success was at least offset by some strong individual performances, especially that of state-leading scorer Lupe Vazquez, who averaged a PCC record 27.8 points a game. Vazquez, who played in 21 games overall, was the fastest to ever reach 500 points at the college and she produced six of the 12 highest-scoring games in Lancers history. Her high was 44 points, second-highest at PCC, in a Dec. 2 win over MiraCosta.
Kaniya Hill, the only sophomore on the team, averaged 7.7 points and led the team in steals at 2.5 per contest. Hill scored her career-high of 20 points in an early-season win over Porterville. Tatiana Ayala, the team's center, averaged 4 points and led the team in rebounding (10.5 per game) and blocked shots (1.4 average). Emily Trinh averaged 4.8 points and 6.6 rebounds as a regular forward. Annie Lay, a later addition from the women's volleyball team, served as an able reserve forward in eight games played.