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Sports - March 1, 2013

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TOURNEY BOUND . . . The Menlo College women's basketball team received a No. 5 seed in its quadrant and will meet No. 4 Jamestown in the first round of the State Farm NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship next Thursday in Sioux City, Iowa, at the Tyson Event Center. The winner of the Menlo (26-3) and Jamestown (26-5) contest will meet either No. 1 Eastern Oregon or No. 8 Southwestern in the second round. The teams have one common opponent in Johnson and Wales. The Lady Oaks beat them at home, 96-67, and beat them again, 90-72, on the road. Johnson and Wales beat the Jimmies, 78-76, at home. Menlo qualified for its second straight trip to the national tourney by successfuly defending its California Pacific Conference playoff title with a 66-58 victory over visiting William Jessup on Tuesday night in Atherton. The win by the nationally No. 18-ranked Oaks capped an undefeated conference campaign and gave Menlo its 14th consecutive victory. The Oaks' Jolise Limcaco led all scorers with 21 points. Menlo put together an impressive defensive effort in the first half, holding William Jessup to just 18 percent from the field on 5-of-27 shooting. The Oaks also forced 10 turnovers and out-rebounded the Warriors, 27-20. Menlo held a 28-14 halftime lead. Menlo came out of the gate and extended the lead to 17 points thanks to Limcaco's three-pointer. William Jessup, however, shot 50 percent from the field on 16-of-32 shooting, which helped the team to chip away at the 17-point deficit and bring the game to within five points with less than two minutes to play. Menlo got great minutes out of Limcaco, as well as Amber Lane, who got her first start of the playoff run. Lane played over 37 minutes for the Oaks and chipped in 12 points.

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