Laurel Donnenwirth recorded her 12th double-double of the season, scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds as the Menlo College women's basketball team remained unbeaten in Cal Pac Conference play, downing visiting Simpson, 73-46, Thursday evening.
The Oaks (4-0 Cal Pac, 16-4 overall) host Cal State Maritime on Saturday in conference action at 5:30 p.m.
Menlo never trailed in the game, but the pesky Red Hawks stayed in contention into the second half.
Amber Lane gave the Oaks their largest lead of the half, a 12-point advantage with 5:29. Menlo led, 33-24, at halftime.
Simpson closed to within six early in the second half, but it was Menlo the rest of the way.
Lane added 11 points to go along with two assists, five rebounds and three steals. Aaliyah Sowards added eight points and three assists in 26 minutes while Fia Hoskinson scored seven in nine minutes of play. Freshman Anisah Smith also added seven points to the cause.
Menlo was within two points with 23 seconds to play before Cal Pac leader Simpson pulled away, making their free throws down the stretch and grabbing a couple of critical offensive rebounds to beat the Oaks, 68-64, Thursday night.
Menlo (1-3 Cal Pac, 2-18 overall) hosts Cal State Maritime in a Cal Pac Conference game on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Mikey Eggleton scored eight of his 14 points in the final 1:40 to keep the Oaks within striking distance. He made a pair of free throws to close the gap to two points with 23 seconds remaining.
Ben Graham led the Oaks with 17 points and Brad Sawin added 10. Eggleton had a game-high six assists.