Community College women's basketball
No. 2S Ventura (34-0) vs. No. 4S Pasadena City (31-4)
CCCAA state semifinal, Selland Arena, Fresno
VC Athletic Event Center, 7 p.m.
Radio: KVTA 1520 AM, KKZZ 1400 AM, Homefieldsports.com
Head coaches: Ventura, Ned Mircetic (19th year, 564-84); Pasadena, Joe Peron (13th year, 322-80).
Quarterfinal result: Ventura def. No. 3N Foothill 60-59; Pasadena def. San Francisco 95-93 (OT).
League finish: Ventura, WSC North champion; Pasadena, SCC North runner-up
Head to head: Did not play.
RPI: Ventura, 4th; Pasadena, 8th.
Vs. Great Eight: Ventura, 6-0; Pasadena 3-2.
Final Four history: Ventura is making its 10th Final Four appearance, but the first since 2003. Pasadena is making its fifth appearance in six years, missing out only in 2006.
Final Four record: Ventura 7-2; Pasadena 2-2.
Team offense: Ventura, 79.3 ppg (2nd); Pasadena 77.5 ppg (3rd).
Team defense: Ventura, 50.4 ppg (2nd); Pasadena 58.4 ppg (26th).
Game Facts: Having survived the two toughest games of Friday's quarterfinals, Ventura and Pasadena have to regroup and play for a berth in the state title game, which would be the Pirates' eighth or the Lancers' third. Shutout in transition against Foothill and dominated inside, 34-14, Ventura turned to the free throw line (19 of 24) and 3-point stripe (7 of 16). Five VC players combined for seven 3-pointers. All-Star PG Kinyatta Johnson has been a force of nature in the postseason, averaging 31.0 points, including 34 points in regulation Friday. But the Lancers revolve around a Big Four of Johnson (17.7 ppg, 6.0 asg), All-State PF Easter Faafiti (17.0 ppg, 10.3 rpg), SG Melia Basavand (11.3 ppg, a state-best 111 3-pointers) and G Kim Smith (12.9 ppg). Although it was the fifth starter, Allegra Kohley, whose putback with 3.3 seconds left in overtime won the quarterfinal against CCSF. The Pirates have five players averaging in double figures, plus All-American PG Michelle Santizo (9.5 ppg), who may have only scored 5 points Friday but made the two biggest shots down the stretch.Two wins away from the third perfect season in program history and the sixth in state history, Ventura is the tournament's best offensive and defensive team, statistically, having been played to a single-digit margin just four times. Before Friday, the Pirates were second in the state in shooting percentage (48.1 percent), third in the state in assists and fifth in the state in free throw percentage (66 percent).