Donnenwirth scores 20 in Menlo's conference win over La Sierra


Laurel Donnenwirth scored 20 points, leading five players in double figure scoring as the NAIA's 13th-ranked Menlo College women's basketball team opened the Cal Pac Conference season with an 82-67 victory over host La Sierra on Friday.

Amber Lane fell an assist short of a double-double. She scored 12 points and recorded nine assists as the Oaks (1-0, 12-3) won their 27th consecutive regular seasons conference contest.

Vanessa D'Amico and Aaliyah Sowards each added 15 points and Jacki Bateman had 11, including a jumper that tied the game at 11 four minutes into the contest.

Bateman's jumper was part of a 7-0 run that put Menlo ahead to stay. D'Amico followed with one of her three 3-pointers.

The Oaks scored the final 10 points of the first half to take a 40-28 at halftime. The Golden Eagles were scoreless over the final 3:26 of the half, missing their last four shots.

Menlo shot 53 percent from the field and held La Sierra to 36 percent shooting. Donnenwirth and Bateman each grabbed seven rebounds as the Oaks outrebounded La Sierra, 43-32.

Menlo plays at CSU San Marcos on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Men's basketball

Jordan Collier had 10 points and 10 rebounds but Menlo College fell behind early and never recovered, losing to host La Sierra, 76-67, in the Cal Pac Conference men's basketball opener on Friday.

The Oaks (0-1, 1-14) conclude a two-game road trip with a nonconference game at CSU San Marcos on Saturday at 3 p.m.

The Golden Eagles went on an 8-0 run to start the game and never trailed despite Menlo's best efforts. La Sierra shot 46 percent from the field, while Menlo was at 32 percent.

The Oaks drew within five when Tyler Evans hit a 3-pointer with 15 seconds remaining, but La Sierra made its free throws down the stretch.

Evans finished with 15 points, Brad Sawin had 13 and Mikey Eggleton scored 12 for the Oaks.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo Athletics

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