Amber Lane scored 17 points, including a layup that brought Menlo College to within a point of NAIA No. 13 Siena Heights, but the Saints managed to hold onto a 61-57 victory over the Oaks in the first game of the Hoops N Surf Invitational in Honolulu.
Menlo (8-3) plays Dickinson State on Sunday morning in the tournament.
Aaliyah Sowards added 14 points for the Oaks, who rallied from 10 points down to make it close at the end.
Laurel Donnenwirth had eight of her 10 rebounds in the second half.
Lane's steal and layup early in the second half cut Siena Height's lead to three points, setting the tone for the rest of the half.
Camille Harris hit a key basket with 5:10 left, and an Anisah Smith block led to a Jacki Bateman layup two minutes later to give the Oaks a chance.
Ben Graham scored 11 points but Menlo College did not have an answer for NAIA No. 3 Hope International on Saturday.
The unbeaten Royals got off to a fast start and pulled away, 70-43, as part of the Mid-December Classic in Fullerton.
The Oaks (1-11) visit Arizona Christian a week from Monday.