ESCORZA AND RHOADS EARN NCCAA ALL-AMERICAN HONORS
Callie Rhoads and Jessica Escorza of the Point Loma Nazarene University women’s basketball team have been voted to the National Christian Colleges Athletics Association All-American Second Team by the NCCAA coaches throughout the country.
This is the second straight season Rhoads has earned second-team All-American honors, while it is the first for Escorza.
Escorza paced PLNU with 16.6 points per game. She scored in double figures in 16 of 18 games this year, including all eight games after returning from a knee injury while upping her scoring average to 19.9 points per game. Escorza was also second on the Sea Lions with 5.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.3 steals.
The junior from South Riding, Va. also inked her name in the PLNU record books by recording just the second triple-double in the history of the women’s basketball program with a 16-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist performance in a season-finale victory over Cal Baptist (91-84).
Rhoads was the leading scorer for PLNU for much of the season, especially while Escorza was out. She averaged 14.1 points per game while shooting .428 percent from 3-point range. She averaged 2.3 3-pointers per game, and had at least one trey in 26 of 28 games. The senior from Poway scored in double figures in 22 of 28 games, including putting up a career-high 30 points on the road at Dominican.
The two All-American selections for PLNU matched Roberts Wesleyan and University of Northwestern for the most of any team in the country.
LESCAULT ADDS ALL-AMERICAN HONORS TO HIS LIST OF ACCOLADES
Point Loma guard Hayden Lescault capped off a fantastic junior season by being selected to the NCCAA All-American First Team by the NCCAA coaches.
Lescault averaged 16.6 points per game while shooting .524 percent from the field to lead the Sea Lions.
He scored in double figures in 25 of 30 games this season to help PLNU claim the NCCAA championship.
Lescault also led Point Loma in assists (3.77) and steals (1.7). He shot .725 percent from the free throw line and .388 from behind the arc.
Lescault was also named the Pacific West Conference Newcomer of the Year and second team All-PacWest.
NORDGREN NAMED PacWest CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Point Loma’s senior third basemen Tyler Nordgren was named the Pacific West Conference co-Player of the Week for the week of March 24-30.
Nordgren powered PLNU to a series win over Azusa Pacific as the Sea Lions took three of four games from the Cougars. Nordgren hit .467 (7-for-15) in the four-game stretch with two doubles, a home run, seven RBI and two runs scored.
He hit a walk-off home run in game two of the series to lift PLNU to a 3-2 win. He then came back in game four to drive in all three runs in a Sea Lions
Nordgren is now second in the PacWest with 32 RBI and eighth with a .374 batting average. He also ranks fifth in slugging percentage (.548) and seventh in on-base average (.444).
Point Loma is 18-15 this season and in fourth place in the Pacific West Conference standings with a 9-7 record. They have won four of their last five games, which included taking three of four games from Azusa Pacific.
The Sea Lions will be on the road the next two weekends to play Fresno Pacific and California Baptist before returning home to close out its 2014 regular season with games against PacWest-leading Dixie State (April 25-26) and Academy of Art (May 2-3).