The Menlo College men's and women's basketball teams will be back in action this week as they hit the road for Cal Pac Conference games in Northern California.
Both teams will open Thursday in Redding against Simpson University. The women tip off at 5 p.m., followed by the men at 7.
The No. 22-ranked Lady Oaks (13-4) will put their 2-0 Cal Pac record and three-game winning streak on the line in their first meeting this season with Simpson.
The Lady Oaks are coming off a three-win week, which included nonconference victories over Valley City State University and Viterbo University and a 75-69 conference win over La Sierra University.
Menlo junior Jolise Limcaco ignited the offense with a 25-point, four-assist performance that included a 4-for-7 night from 3-point range. Laurel Donnenwirth (17 points) and Vanessa D'Amico also chipped in double-digit scoring efforts to help Menlo to its 10th win in its past 11 games.
The Menlo men (2-0, 4-11) will be riding the momentum of an impressive 85-71 win over conference newcomer La Sierra last week when they take on Simpson (1-0, 3-15).
Last season, Menlo and Simpson met three times with two of the three games going into overtime. The Oaks were 2-1 including an exciting 111-103 overtime win in the Cal Pac tournament opening round.
Against La Sierra, Keith Bowman led the way with 21 points, 15 rebounds and six assists. The Oaks had four players score in double figures for the first time this season.
On Saturday, the hoop teams will visit William Jessup in Rocklin.
The Warriors are currently 1-0 in the conference with a 6-10 overall record and have dropped five straight contests to the Lady Oaks dating to the 2010-11 season.
In the men's game, the Oaks face William Jessup (6-9, 0-1) for the first time this season while hoping to remain atop the Cal Pac leader board. Menlo dropped both regular-season meetings to the Warriors a season ago but got their revenge in the form of a 75-72 overtime win in the Cal Pac tournament semifinals.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) recently announced that four Menlo College players are among 259 football student-athletes who have been named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved junior academic status.
Menlo placed four student-athletes on the list this season including a pair of Oaks who earned this honor for the second-straight year. Both Jaden Rosselli and Luamata Tagaloa earned the award for the first time while Michele Canali and Robert Gehre top the list for the second time in as many seasons.
Following a strong showing at the 13th annual Menlo College Tournament, the Oaks head south for a Friday dual with Cal Baptist in Riverside at 7 p.m.
Eight Oaks placed in the Menlo College Tournament, including first-place finishes from Eric Lopez, Troy Lakin, and Jason Ladd to lead the team to a second-place overall finish. Friday starts a string of five straight duals for the Oaks.