Late rally leads Menlo women to basketball victory


The No. 14 Menlo College women's basketball team overcame a sluggish first half to race past visiting Warner Pacific, 72-58, Tuesday night in the Peninsula Classic.

The Oaks (11-3) used an 18-2 run over the final eight minutes to overcome a 11-point deficit and win their third straight and six of seven overall.

Laurel Donnenwirth recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. She added three assists.

The Knights shot 63 percent from the field and out-rebounded Menlo 19-8 en route to a 37-31 halftime advantage.

Warner Pacific opened its 11-point lead a minute into the second half. That's when the Oaks made their move, shooting 57 percent in the second half.

Jackie Bateman, who made all four of her field goal attempts, tied the game at 56 with 7:54 remaining to play as part of the scoring run.

Amber Lane added 16 points and Aaliyah Sowards had 10 for the Oaks.

Next up for Menlo is a nonconference exhibition game against UC Davis on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Men's basketball

Menlo was unable to walk away from the Arizona Christina University Firestorm Classic with a win as they dropped a 77-69 decision to The Master's College on Tuesday afternoon in Phoenix.

The Master's College jumped out to a big lead early on and led by as many as 16 points with 5:16 remaining in the half before Menlo rallied to cut the lead to 11 heading into the break.

Dylan Severson knocked down a pair of free throws with seconds remaining to make it 37-26 at the end of the half. Severson, who overcame and injury to return to action earlier this month, posted his best game of the campaign, scoring a team-high 14 points in 25 minutes of action.

The Mustangs kept their foot on the gas pedal in the second frame, extending their lead to as many as 18 points before Menlo was able to cut it down to as few as four points with 30 second remaining on a Brad Sawin free throw.

The Sawin free throws were set up by a 14-5 run by the Oaks which allowed them to claw back into it.

Unfortunately, Menlo was unable to get any closer as the Master's College connected on four free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal the deal in the 77-69 victory.

Severson was just one rebound shy of his first double-double of the year and led Menlo with 14 points followed by Daniel Romero and his 12. Brad Sawin and Mikey Eggleton had nine and eight points respectively.

The loss drops Menlo to 1-13 while The Master's College improves to 3-6. Next up for the Oaks is a trip to Southern California to open Cal Pac play against La Sierra on Jan. 9. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo Athletics

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