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The 2019-20 season will mark the fourth for coach Lisa Faulkner as the leader of the Point Loma women’s basketball program. During her three seasons at the helm, the Sea Lions have gone 62-28 (.689 winning%) and 46-16 in the PacWest Conference.
Last season was one of the best coaching jobs for Faulkner during her run at PLNU. After the team started the year out slowly, Faulkner made adjustments and helped the Sea Lions win their last 13 straight PacWest contests, and 17 of 20 overall to close the season. Cara Liggins and Sydney Peterson were named first team All-PacWest selections, and Grace Brady was voted PacWest Defender of the Year. The Sea Lions also had an outstanding year in the classroom with 11 student-athletes earning Academic All-PacWest honors, and Cara Liggins capturing Google Cloud Academic All-District honors with a 3.97 grade point average as a Business Administration major.
In 2017-18, Faulkner led the Sea Lions on a run as the No. 5 seed to the PacWest Conference Championship game. PLNU upset No. 4 seed Concordia and No. 1 seed Azusa Pacific to reach the title game of the PacWest tournament for the second straight year. Faulkner also help guide Roya Rustamzada to PacWest Defensive Player of the Year and PacWest Player of the Year honors. She earned All-American honors during the season and became the first PacWest women’s basketball student-athlete to ever eclipse 1,000 career rebounds.
In her first season at the helm (2016-17), PLNU went 24-6 and earned the No. 7 seed as an at-large bid in the NCAA West Regional. Point Loma finished second in the PacWest standings (17-3) and second in the conference championships, marking the program’s best-ever finishes. She also guided Roya Rustamzada and Alex Brunk to All-West Region honors, and five total Sea Lions to All-PacWest selections. Read More
Jesse Clark joined the Point Loma women’s basketball coaching staff prior to the 2018-19 season. Clark has 22 years of collegiate coaching experience with stops at Stanford, Saint Mary’s, San Diego State and more. At PLNU Clark is involved with every phase of the program, including recruiting, scouting and the development of post players.
Prior to joining the Sea Lions, Clark worked at San Diego State. He was with the Aztecs from 2014 with one of his main roles as a scheduler where he got SDSU games against 22 postseason teams including South Carolina, Michigan and Washington. He also oversaw the play of first-team all-Mountain West performer Cierra Warren. In 2013-14, she led the conference with a .544 field-goal percentage, which ranked 31st in the nation, and was the Aztecs’ leading scorer that year, averaging 15.4 points per game to go along with a team-high 42 blocked shots.
Clark was had his longest run with Saint Mary’s (2007-13). During his tenure the Gaels compiled 112 victories and made four consecutive trips to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT), including a quarterfinal appearance in his final season. He coached five all-West Coast Conference performers, including Jackie Nared, who led the league in scoring during the 2012-13 campaign. Read More