LUTES FALL IN DEFENSIVE AFFAIR
Despite taking a seven-point halftime lead, the Pacific Lutheran men’s basketball team fell 48-46 at Northwest University on Dec. 10 in a game in which both teams shot below 40 percent from the field.
Northwest, ranked 11th in the NAIA Division II poll, won the game on a jumper by Tyler Mendezona with four seconds remaining. The Lutes had a chance for the win, but Kai Hoyt missed a last-second three-point attempt.
James Conti had 10 points with three steals and three assists to lead the Lutes, who held a 30-19 lead two minutes into the second half, but the Eagles worked their way back into the game and tied it at 39-39 halfway through the second half.
Andrew Earnest put up eight points and six rebounds, and Cameron Schilling added six points and six rebounds for the Lutes, who despite the loss held Northwest to 38 points under their season average of 86 points per game.
The Lutes, who sit at 4-3 overall on the year, face another road challenge when they travel to Division I foe Eastern Washington on Dec. 16 at 6:05 p.m. before traveling to Saint Martin’s on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.
PLU WOMEN FALL TWICE
Despite solid games by sophomore guard Shelly Kilcup, a Fife grad, the PLU women’s basketball team dropped two games last week to fall to 3-4 overall on the year.
Kilcup led the Lutes with 23 points and added six rebounds, three assists and three steals, but the Lutes lost 77-48 to Saint Martin’s on Dec. 8. Saint Martin’s shot 53 percent from the field and 47 percent from three-point range, as PLU managed just over 36 percent shooting from the field.
Kilcup followed that up with a 12-point, nine-rebound effort in a 70-52 loss at Concordia on Dec. 10. Mackenzie Bieker had 12 points and four rebounds and Samantha Potter added 10 points and nine rebounds, but the Lutes committed 28 turnovers, which turned into 34 points for the Cavaliers. Concordia also converted 24 of 34 free-throw attempts.
The Lutes travel to Evergreen State on Dec. 17 at 5:30 p.m. and follow that up with a trip to Seattle Pacific on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.
TACOMA STARS SPLIT MATCHES
The Tacoma Stars split a pair of home matches against Turlock Express on Dec. 10-11 and now sit at 3-3 on the season.
The Stars won 10-6 on Dec. 10 behind three goals from Eli Gordley and two goals each from Micah Wenzel, Ian Weinberg and Amos Freiheit. After trailing 1-0 at the end of the first quarter, Gordley, Freiheit, Cam Vickers and Weinberg rattled off four goals in four minutes to take control. Freiheit, Wenzel, Weinberg and Gordley all struck in succession in the third quarter, with two Turlock goals sandwiched in between, to take an 8-4 lead after three quarters. Wenzel and Gordley would then put the game away with early goals in the fourth quarter. Rafael Cox added three assists for the Stars in the match.
Weinberg added three more goals in a 10-6 loss to Turlock Express on Dec. 11, with his third score giving the Stars a 5-4 lead in the third quarter. Dayo Oyetuga’s goal regained the lead for Tacoma at 6-5, but Turlock scored the last five goals of the match, including three in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Vickers and Steve Mohn tallied the other goals for the Stars.
With road matches coming up at Tijuana, San Diego and Anaheim on Dec. 16-18, the Stars next play a home match at the Starfire Complex in Tukwila on Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. against San Diego.
TCC WOMEN WIN ONE OF THREE
The Tacoma Community College women’s basketball team managed just one win at the Pierce Holiday Invitational on Dec. 9-11 to fall to 2-4 on the season.
Claire Swayze paced the Titans’ offense by averaging 20 points in the three games, including a 29-point performance in the 70-53 win over Olympic on Dec. 10. Swayze was 10-for-25 from the field and 5-for-13 from three-point range, and added six rebounds, four steals and three assists. Patrice Polk had 11 points, six rebounds and three steals and Jasmine Scott notched eight points, eight rebounds and three steals for TCC, which totaled 17 steals in the game.
Swayze had 18 points and Shante Watson added 10 points in an 86-54 loss to Clackamas on Dec. 9. The Titans lost 58-40 to Wenatchee Valley on Dec. 11, shooting only 20 percent from the field. Despite the woeful numbers, Swayze had 13 points and Sherelle Williams added 12 points in the loss.
The Titans hit the road for the Skagit Valley Crossover tournament this weekend, starting with a game against Lane on Dec. 16 at 1 p.m.
UPS SOCCER PLAYERS EARN ACCOLADES
Three members of the Puget Sound women’s soccer team earned recognition on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s All West Region team. Abby Goss headlined the trio of Loggers with a spot on the Second Team, while Mikaela Freeman and Christine Isabella were selected to the Third Team. All three selections for the Loggers are seniors and led the Loggers to their 10th consecutive Northwest Conference title.
Goss tallied three assists on the season and scored two goals, both of which were game-winners and came less than a week apart. Her first score lifted the Loggers to a crucial 1-0 win at Linfield while her second goal came in a 2-0 win over Pacific Lutheran.
Isabella had a team-high nine goals and eight assists on the season, while Freeman had seven goals and an assist. Freeman and Isabella also earned All-Northwest Conference first-team honors for the Loggers, who completed their season with a 14-3-3 record and a 12-2-2 mark in conference.
FOSS GRAD AN ALL AMERICAN
Foss grad Nicholas Edwards, a junior wide receiver for Eastern Washington University, was named to the American Football Coaches Association FCS All-America Team on Dec. 7.
Edwards finished the season with 95 catches for 1,250 yards and 19 touchdowns, breaking the school record for catches in a season previously set by Eric Kimble with 87 in 2005. His receptions rank 20th in FCS history and third all-time in the Big Sky Conference, and his 19 touchdown receptions equaled the school record set in 2004 by Kimble.
The highlight of the season came against Sacramento State, when Edwards caught 11 passes for 192 yards and four touchdowns in the Eagles’ 42-35 overtime victory. The 11 catches for Edwards versus the Hornets equaled the 11th-most in school history and his yards rank eighth.
Eastern’s quarterback, Bo Levi Mitchell, was also selected to the All-America team, which only names a first team, meaning Mitchell and Edwards were two of only 25 players nationally who were selected.