Point Loma is 2-4 on the season after dropping two tight games last week. The Sea Lions fell 68-63 in overtime to San Diego Christian on Nov. 28. The Sea Lions never trailed in the game until overtime. They led 54-36 with just under six minutes to go when the Hawks began their comeback. In overtime, PLNU had the chance to take the lead with 30 seconds remaining, but Arren Wells’ shot rolled off the rim and SDC hit three throws down the stretch to seal the game.
Free throws would also spell doom for PLNU on Saturday in their PacWest opener against Azusa Pacific. San Diego native Troy Leaf hit two shots from the charity stripe with 4.5 seconds left to lift the Cougars over the Sea Lions 51-50. Point Loma had just taken the lead on Todd Campbell’s tip-in. Oivind Lundestad came off the bench for PLNU to score a season-high 13 points. He hit 4-of-6 from behind the arc to reach double figures for the second straight game.
The Sea Lions opened PacWest play with a 61-42 win over Azusa Pacific last week. Jil Haentges came off the bench to score a career-high 16 points and Savannah Erskine also reached a new career-high with 14 points in the win. Haentges hit 4-of-5 shots from behind the arc and 6-of-10 overall to shatter her previous career-high of nine points. Erskine put together her best game to date as a Sea Lion with career-highs in points (14) and assists (seven). She added three steals to help PLNU force APU into 22 turnovers as the Sea Lions won the turnover battle by eight. Point Loma did not attempt a free throw in the entire game. The win pushes the Sea Lions over .500 to 3-2 on the season. They also moved to 1-0 in the conference.
Point Loma outside hitter Kelli LeClair capped off a stellar freshman season by being named to the All-Pacific West Conference third team by the conference coaches.
The native of Yucaipa led Point Loma and placed sixth in the PacWest with 3.71 kills per set. She recorded double-figure kills in 22 of the Sea Lions’ 27 matches. She also registered 12 double-doubles and finished the season with 2.51 digs per set.
LeClair saved her best two matches of the season for nationally ranked Grand Canyon as the Sea Lions swept the season series. First, in Phoenix when the ’Lopes were ranked No. 16, LeClair had a .273 hitting percentage, 24 kills and 16 digs. She then followed that up five days later with 21 kills, 17 digs and four services aces in a five-set victory in San Diego.
XTRA Sports 1360 AM and Point Loma Nazarene University will team up this winter to broadcast Sea Lion men’s basketball.
XTRA Sports, also the radio home of the San Diego Chargers and Los Angeles Lakers, will make the games available worldwide on their website at xtrasports1360.com.
“We are very excited to begin this relationship with XTRA Sports 1360,” said PLNU athletic director Ethan Hamilton. “As we continue our move to the NCAA Division II level, this is another piece to our branding effort in the San Diego community. To be able to partner with one of the top sports stations in town is a terrific step for us.”
Coverage will feature 17 games, which began with PLNU’s Nov. 17 Homecoming battle with Northwest Nazarene. This week, a home game will be broadcast Saturday against Azusa Pacific at 4 p.m. Each broadcast will include a 15-minute pre- and post-game show.
PLNU’s men’s and women’s basketball games will also continue to be available via pay-per-view video stream at www.plnusealions.com. Visit the site for a complete broadcast schedule of 2012-13 games.