Free throws prove vital in Menlo College hoops victory

Amber Lane and Camille Harris each made a pair of free throws in the final 17 seconds, allowing No. 14 Menlo College to hold off visiting William Jessup, 69-66, in a Cal Pac Conference women's basketball game Thursday night.

Vanessa D'Amico and Jolise Limcaco each scored 17 points to lead the Lady Oaks (8-0, 19-4), who won their ninth straight and extended their conference winning streak, including playoffs, to 27 games.

Laurel Donnenwirth added 10 points and 11 rebounds for Menlo, which hosts Simpson in a 5:30 p.m. conference game Saturday. The Red Hawks handed the Lady Oaks their last conference loss, 79-68, on Jan. 28, 2012.

Harris hit a 3-pointer with 2:49 remaining to play to put Menlo ahead to stay. D'Amico, 3 of 6 from long range, followed with another 3-pointer to extend the advantage.

The Warriors were within 65-64 with 21 seconds left, leaving it to Lane and Harris to finish off Menlo's win.

It was a closely contested game throughout, with the Lady Oaks' 9-point edge at 4:50 of the first half the largest lead for either team.

William Jessup tied the game with 1:42 left in the first half, but Lane made a pair of free throws and Limcaco hit a basket to give Menlo a 31-27 lead at halftime.

The Lady Oaks shot 87 percent (20 of 23) from the foul line, one of the key reasons Menlo was able to shed the Warriors, who outscored the Lady Oaks, 13-2, in second-chance points.

Men's basketball

Keith Bowman scored 17 points and had 11 rebounds but the Menlo College men's basketball team fell, 75-69, in overtime to visiting William Jessup in a Cal Pac Conference game Thursday.

John Smith added 13 points and Charles Barnes had 11 for the Oaks (4-4, 6-15), who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Menlo has lost four of its last six.

William Jessup scored 11 of the first 12 points in overtime to capture the win. Craig Monroy, who finished with 12 points, hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the final score.

Menlo trailed, 41-27, just over a minute into the second half. That's when Charles Barnes hit two free throws and Colin Wan hit a 3-pointer to spark an Oaks rally.

The Oaks came back to tie it at 53 when John Smith sank a pair of foul shots with 8:25 left to play. The lead changed hands six times and was tied on seven other occasions before overtime.

Mandip Rai hit a free throw with 28 seconds left to tie it at 68. Both teams had chances in waning moments and both teams turned the ball over.

William Jessup shot over 50 percent to take a 37-27 lead into halftime.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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