Laurel Donnenwirth had 13 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to help the Menlo College women's basketball team beat visiting Cal State Maritime, 71-55, in a Cal Pac Conference game Thursday night.
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Menlo's Aaliyah Sowards led all scorers with 16 points on 7 of 11 shooting, Vanessa D'Amico added 14 points and Jolise Limcaco had 10 to go with nine assists.
The Lady Oaks won their sixth straight and extended their winning streak against Cal Pac Conference opponents to 24 games, including conference tournament play.
Cal Maritime made things interesting, closing to within 42-39 with 12:22 left in the game, scoring seven straight points.
D'Amico, the reigning conference Player of the Week, sparked a 13-2 run, hitting a pair of 3-pointers to help Menlo push its advantage to 55-41 five minutes later.
Donnenwirth scored Menlo's first five points as the Lady Oaks scored the game's first seven points en route to a 17-1 lead over the first seven minutes of play.
The Keelhaulers rallied to within 24-20 with just over eight minutes remaining to play in the first half before Menlo took a 33-26 halftime lead.
Keith Bowman had 18 points and 12 rebounds but Menlo lost to visiting Cal State Maritime, 72-58, in a Cal Pac Conference contest Thursday night.
The Oaks (2-3, 4-13) return to action against visiting Pacific Union on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Austen Brooks added 12 points for Menlo, which lost its third straight.
Bowman was named the Cal Pac Player of the Week after scoring 40 points and grabbing 31 rebounds in two conference games last week. He's averaging 18.4 points and 8.2 rebounds.
Former Menlo College coach Rich Price, currently in his 10th season coaching at Kansas University, is the keynote speaker for Menlo's First Pitch Dinner on Saturday.
Price honed his skills as the head coach at Menlo College from 1983-1986 where he turned the Oaks into a winning program and was named conference coach of the year following the 1986 season.
Immediately upon departure from Menlo College, Price assumed the role of head coach at nearby De Anza College where he won four conference titles and was named conference coach of the year four times during his eight-year reign as head coach. He also served as director of athletics for five of the eight years at De Anza.
The next stop on his rapid ascension through the coaching ranks took Price to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he led the Mustangs to 21 wins in his inaugural Div. I season in 1996.
In total, Price spent eight seasons as the head coach at Cal Poly where he led the team to three-straight 30-win seasons from 2000-2002 and was named the Western Athletic Conference coach of the year in 1996.
Price has seen over 21 player continue their careers by signing professional contracts including Kevin Correia who was drafted in the fourth-round by the San Francisco Giants in 2002.
"Getting Coach Price is monumental for this event's success," Menlo coach Jake McKinley said. "His journey through coaching college baseball is admirable to say the least, and the fact that he got his start right here at Menlo College makes this an extra-special get for us."
Coach Price holds a 774-615-3 (.557) record as a collegiate head coach in 28 combined years at Kansas, Cal Poly, De Anza College and Menlo College.
Prior to the sold out event, the Oaks will host the annual alumni game at Cartan Field on the campus of Menlo College. First pitch is set for 11 am with alumni batting practice beginning at 10 am.
If you're an alumni interested in playing in Saturday's game, contact head coach Jake McKinley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-543-3766.