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Menlo College men, women sweep top Cal Pac basketball honors

 

Menlo College's Keith Bowman and Jolise Limcaco swept the California Pacific Conference Player of the Year honors while Shannon Osborne was named Coach of the Year for the women to highlight conference honors this week.

Limcaco earned her second Player of the Year award in as many seasons, after leading the No. 14 Lady Oaks to a 12-0 run through the conference.

Menlo's Laurel Donnenwirth was named to the first team for a second straight season while sophomore teammate Vanessa D'Amico received her first nod on the top squad.

Osborne was named Coach of the Year for a third straight season while Donnenwirth was named the conference's Defensive Player of the Year.

Limcaco was a dominate force all season long for the Lady Oaks, averaging 15.5 points, 1.93 steals and a conference-best 5.93 assists per game. Her 166 total assists this season has the junior guard ranked sixth nationally. She averages 2.441 assists per turnovers, 11th-best in the country.

Donnenwirth was the conference leader in total rebounds per game (10.32), and was fifth in scoring (14.36). 214 of her 289 total rebounds came off the defensive glass and go along with 35 steals and 11 blocked shots this season.

D'Amico came bursting onto the scene this season as Menlo's primary deep threat. D'Amico delivered in a big way, draining 80 three's and shooting 41 percent. She joined Donnenwirth and Limcaco as one of three Lady Oaks to average double-digits with 13.4 points per game.

Osborne earned her 100th career win at Menlo with a Dec. 7 victory over CSU San Marcos. She is now 116-57 in her six-year career at Menlo.

Freshman guard Aaliyah Sowards was the final Lady Oaks player to earn all-conference accolades as she was chosen to the second team. Averaging 8.1 points per game and doling out 56 assists, Sowards proved herself as an integral piece in the Menlo starting lineup starting 26 of the teams 28 games.

For the men, the 6-foot-7 Bowman was one of two players to repeat as a first team all-conference selection. Bowman was second in the conference in points per game (18.54) and second in rebounds per game (9.23) and posted 11 double-doubles on the campaign. The Santa Maria native has amassed 482 points, 240 rebounds, 23 steals and 16 blocks in his senior season.

Bowman becomes the first Menlo player to earn conference Player of the Year honors since Tim Tatum in 2012.

— Menlo College Athletics

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