Barnes hits six 3-pointers in Menlo's hoops win over Slugs

Charles Barnes recorded a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds as the Menlo College men's basketball team downed visiting UC Santa Cruz, 76-48, Wednesday in a nonconference game.

Keith Bowman added 17 points for the Oaks (8-17), who travel to UC Merced for the regular season finale Friday at 7:30 p.m. Mandip Rai added 12 points while Craig Monroy contributed nine assists.

Menlo, which had lost three of its previous four, already clinched the fourth spot in the Cal Pac tournament, which gets underway on March 1 at Menlo.

The Oaks will face top-seeded Cal State Maritime in the semifinal. William Jessup and Simpson play in the other semifinal.

Barnes was 6 of 8 from 3-point range and Rai made four of nine in the win over the Slugs.

Women's basketball

Jolise Limcaco scored 19 of her 25 points in the second half but 13th-ranked, in NAIA Division II, Menlo College fell to visiting UC Santa Cruz, 63-59, in a nonconference game Wednesday night.

Laurel Donnenwirth added 11 rebounds and Aaliyah Sowards scored nine points as the Lady Oaks (22-5) had their 12-game winning streak stopped.

Menlo remains unbeaten in Cal Pac Conference and visits UC Merced for a 5:30 p.m. start Friday in the regular season finale. The Lady Oaks will be attempting to complete their second straight undefeated conference season.

Menlo hosts the Cal Pac tournament, which begins March 1. The Lady Oaks clinched the No. 1 seed and will meet either Cal State Maritime or Simpson in the semifinal round.

La Sierra and William Jessup also clinched spots in the conference tournament.

Despite shooting .313 from the field, well below its season average of .417, the Lady Oaks were within two points, 59-57, of the Slugs with 29 seconds remaining to play.

UC Santa Cruz (17-6) made just enough free throws to hold off Menlo. The UC Santa Cruz seniors had never beaten the Lady Oaks, who brought a six-game winning streak against the Slugs into the contest.

The Slugs, an NCAA Division II school, extended their winning streak to nine games.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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