Record books were rewritten this month at Golden Gymnasium, and although it was Grand Canyon coming away with a 63-49 win over the Point Loma Nazarene University Sea Lions, PLNU senior forward Andrea Campbell set new school and Pacific West Conference marks in blocks with 12.
Campbell matched the previous conference record of nine in the first half, before finishing with 12 rejections. Those blocks marks also eclipsed her own previous school record of 11, which she set against Bethany Lutheran her sophomore season.
Campbell helped lead a valiant effort by the Sea Lions (4-6, 2-2 PacWest) to hang with the ’Lopes (12-4, 4-1 PacWest). Callie Rhoads led all scorers with 17 points as she connected on 5-of-9 shots from 3-point range. Savannah Erskine also reached double-figures with 13 points. The junior guard led the team with six rebounds and four assists, to go along with three treys. PLNU’s advantage from outside kept them in the contest but eventually the size of the ’Lopes prevailed.
Point Loma was set to take to the road for a PacWest conference game against Azusa Pacific on Jan. 8.
There is not much difference in looking at the recent box score between the Point Loma Sea Lions and Grand Canyon University (GCU) ’Lopes. Both teams made 18 baskets, both were nearly even on turnovers and rebounding but it was the ’Lopes ability to connect on 10 3-point baskets that earned them the 63-51 victory.
This was the 13th straight win for GCU which improved to 14-2 on the season and remained a perfect 4-0 in Pacific West Conference play. The loss drops PLNU to 3-8 (0-4 PacWest).
Arren Wells led PLNU with 11 points. Todd Campbell added 10 on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting.
Despite the ’Lopes advantage from outside, the Sea Lions were able to hang in the game thanks to their domination inside, where they outscored GCU 26-8 on points in the paint.
The game was back-and-forth for the first 16 minutes before Grand Canyon closed out the first half on a 7-0 run to take a 32-23 lead into halftime. The ’Lopes would carry that momentum into the second half, where they opened on an 11-0 run. PLNU would battle back and cut the lead to nine (56-47) after a 10-2 run but that is as close as it would get.
PLNU was slated to take to the road for Azusa Pacific on Jan. 8 in a PacWest showdown.