Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - March 14, 2014

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STANFORD HONORS . . . Stanford sophomore Mariah Stackhouse is one of eight women golfers named to represent the USA in the 2014 Curtis Cup Match, set for June 6-8 at St. Louis Country Club in Missouri. The United States Golf Association (USGA) made the announcement Thursday. Stackhouse, 19, has four collegiate wins, including the 2014 UC Irvine Invitational that earned her a spot in the LPGA's 2014 Kia Classic field. Stackhouse, who has competed in two U.S. Women's Opens, was a member of Georgia's winning team at the 2009 USGA Women's State Team Championship. She is also the first African-American player to be named to the USA Curtis Cup Team. The Curtis Cup Match is a biennial international women's amateur golf competition between eight-player teams from the United States of America and Great Britain and Ireland . . . Stanford gymnast Chris Turner was named a finalist for the Nissen-Emery Award, which is given annually to the nation's top senior gymnast, as announced Wednesday by the College Gymnastics Association. Turner is one of nine finalists for the prestigious honor and is Stanford's 21st nominee . . . The awards rolled in for Stanford setter James Shaw this week as he has been tabbed the Sports Imports/AVCA Men's Division I-II National Player of the Week and the MPSF Player of the Week. Shaw, a sophomore, directed a Cardinal offense that hit .441 in its wins at No. 4 Pepperdine and No. 6 USC last week. He averaged 14.00 assists per set, while hitting .500 (13-3-20) and adding 11 digs and six blocks . . . Stanford midfielder Hannah Farr and goalkeeper Lyndsey Munoz were named Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation after helping the Cardinal go 3-0 on the road last week, including lacrosse victories at No. 11 Towson and No. 14 Georgetown.

LADY OAKS FALL . . . A third straight trip to the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championships was not a charm for Menlo College, as the No. 4-seeded Lady Oaks dropped a 77-72 decision to No. 5 seed Huntington (Ind.) on Thursday in Sioux City, Iowa. Menlo (25-6) held a 23-6 lead before letting it get away. The teams were tied at 69 in the last minute before the Foresters (24-8) pulled away. Menlo shot 53.9 percent from the field (28 of 52) bit suffered 20 turnovers. Huntington made more free throws (23) than the Lady Oaks attempted (15). Menlo raced out to a double-digit lead less than six minutes after the opening tip. Two-time California Pacific Conference Player of the Year Jolise Limcaco dominated during that stretch. She piled up nine of her team-high 18 points in fewer than 5 1/2 minutes. Menlo still led, 39-29, at the break, but an 18-4 Huntington run that ended midway through the second half put the Foresters in the lead. Menlo, which entered the tournament with 15 wins in its past 16 games, was held without a field goal in the final three minutes. The Lady Oaks were led by the 18 points from Limcaco. Junior Laurel Donnenwirth had a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds.

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