Menlo College women have Cal Pac Player of the Week


Menlo College's Laurel Donnenwirth was named the Cal Pac Player of the Week in women's basketball after coming close to registering a pair of double-doubles in the Oaks' two wins last week.

In the Cal Pac opener at La Sierra, the senior forward led Menlo to an 82-67 win by compiling 20 points and grabbing seven rebounds. She then followed that up with 16 points and nine boards the next night in a 67-57 win at CSU San Marcos.

In the two games, Donnenwirth was 11 for 22 from the floor and 14 of 19 from the free- throw line. For the season, she's averaging a double-double, knocking down 15.6 points per game and pulling down 10.6 rebounds per outing.

Nationally, Donnenwirth ranks eighth in NAIA Division II in defensive rebounds per game (7.4) and in total rebounds per game. She is 12th in total rebounds (169). She ranks at the top in all rebounding categories in the Cal Pac, and she also leads the conference in field goal percentage (.497).

In other Menlo women's hoop news:

Head coach Shannon Osborne announced the signing of Lauren Piner last weeky, the program's second member of the current recruiting class.

A standout at Forest Lake Christian High in Auburn, Piner is in the midst of her senior campaign and her fourth season as a varsity starter.

She has been named first team All-Central Valley California League as both a sophomore and junior, and has five all-tournament player recognitions to her name.

Piner recently scored her 1,000th career point and has averaged 10-or-more points per game in each of the last three seasons. She is currently averaging 25 points per game as a senior team captain.

"Lauren will be a great addition to our team," Osborne said. "She is not only an outstanding scorer but is also very versatile and can play and defend multiple positions. What I love most about Lauren though is how hard she plays. She gives her best effort on every possession and I am excited to coach her."

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo Athletics

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