A week and a half after last taking the court, the Cal Lutheran women’s basketball team returned to action this afternoon. On the road at The Master’s College, the Regals fell 86-56 to the NAIA Division I Mustangs.
The Cal Lutheran women’s basketball team got its season underway with a near upset over No. 4 George Fox on Friday night, falling in the final seconds 71-69, before turning right around and defeating Lewis & Clark 79-65 on Saturday.
Experienced upperclassmen were basically like endangered species for the Cal Lutheran women’s basketball team the last two seasons. The Regals relied largely on youth and tried to weather any turbulence that came with it. But the bigger picture is finally coming into focus this year. CLU returns 11 players, including four starters, from a team that finished 19-8 last season and was one victory away from making the NCAA Division III tournament.
The Cal Lutheran women’s basketball team is experienced and poised for the 2015-16 season after placing second in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) last year. Despite graduating standout senior Natalie Stone, the Regals bring back much of their core with 11 returners, including four starters, while adding six newcomers to the mix.
The Cal Lutheran women's basketball team will play a dozen home games during its 2015-16 campaign with sights set on returning to the SCIAC Postseason Tournament and playing for a berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament.
The largest sporting event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympics is coming to town and California Lutheran University and the city of Thousand Oaks are honored to be hosting Special Olympic World Games delegations from four countries between July 21-24, 2015 prior to the start of competition on July 25 as a Host Town.
At the conclusion of each academic and athletic year the school with the most combined championships points in Division III is honored with the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. In 2014-15 Cal Lutheran was one of eight SCIAC schools to appear in the final standings as announced on June 4.
Throughout the school year, much of the day-to-day focus is directed towards the successes of the Cal Lutheran athletics programs, but on Saturday morning, a group of 152 student-athletes, with their families and friends, gathered inside of the Gilbert Arena for the 12th CLU Scholar-Athlete Society Induction ceremony where academics were praised.