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Prock's consistency pacing Arabs

January 02, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

Before the 2000-01 basketball season, Imperial Valley College's Jessica Prock predicted the college's women's team would be a lot better than last year's 1-18 squad and would be one of the top teams in the Pacific Coast Conference.

Prock has backed up every word as the Arabs boast a 12-8 mark.

IVC reached the 12-win plateau by going 2-1 in the College of the Desert tournament last week. A big reason for the Arabs' success all year has been the consistent play of Prock.

In IVC's final game of the tournament, Prock scored 17 points — going 5-for-6 from 3-point land — had two rebounds and an assist as the Arabs upset California's ninth-ranked team, Pasadena College, 58-57. The win avenged a 17-point loss to Pasadena at the Long Beach tournament earlier this year.

"This was definitely redemption for us. We really wanted it. We've really improved since then and we proved that we're capable of beating ranked teams," said the 19-year-old sophomore.


The Arabs were almost 2-0 against ranked teams in the tournament as they narrowly lost to No. 12 Lassen College 67-66. Prock finished with eight points, eight rebounds, six assists and two steals. She helped IVC to a 67-57 win over Cuyamaca College on Friday, totaling nine points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals.

Prock lighting up defenders isn't something that's happened overnight. She's been doing it all year and may have done it all last year had she not missed the final half of the season with a broken knuckle.

This year Prock is ranked in the top 10 in four PCC individual categories and has IVC at the top of two team statistics — team scoring at 70.8 per game and field goal percentage at .397.

Individually she is second in field goal percentage at .459 and 3-point percentage with a .413. She's third in 3-pointers per game with 1.8, 10th in rebounds a contest (6.2) and 11th in points per game with 11.1.

Not bad considering she's the Arabs' No. 3 scoring option behind Sandra Ramos and Jello Moore.

At 5-foot-8, Prock is big for a guard but not big enough to play power forward. So as a small forward she uses her skills to dominate on the outside as well as inside.

While playing at Southwest High in El Centro, Prock was used as a point guard, which explains her ball-handling skills while dishing out touch- and no-look passes to her teammates. She did say she can play every position, but would rather keep her game on the outside.

"I've played all positions, so I know how everything works," Prock said. "But I'm more comfortable on the outside. I just like shooting from out there. I just think it's a challenge not everyone can do."

IVC coach Jill Tucker agreed, but said Prock has brought a lot to the Arabs as an all-around player.

"She can get a lot of rebounds, has good passing ability, can knock down threes and can make clutch shots in crucial situations," said Tucker. "She really puts the defense in a dilemma. Jessica is just a solid all-around player."

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