Menlo College women's basketball (17-4,5-0) earned another win in the Cal Pac Conference on Saturday, beating visiting Cal Maritime, 71-59, to complete the first half of the conference schedule.
Cal Maritime led by its largest margin of the night, five points at the 15:47 mark of the first half but Menlo quickly responded with a 9-0 run to take a four-point lead on a Laurel Donnenwirth basket at the 12:37 mark.
Freshman Anisah Smith connected for a bucket with 11 seconds left in the first half as Menlo took a 43-29 lead into the intermission.
Amber Lane had another standout game for the Oaks, leading all scorers with 18 points to go along with five assists, three rebounds and a steal. Lane was also 8-for-9 from the free throw line and 2-for-2 from three point range.
Laurel Donnenwirth was her usual dominant self, amassing 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists for her 13th double-double of the year.
Senior Jacki Bateman also posted double figures with 11 points and seven boards.
Menlo had a lot of good things happen Saturday night in its Cal Pac Conference contest against visiting Cal State Maritime. Winning just didn't happen to be one of them.
The Oaks continue to play the top teams tough, especially at home, yet for the second straight game they came up just short.
In one of the more competitive games of the year, Menlo and the Kelhaulers were locked in a duel that featured 13 lead changes and 11 ties. Despite the 68-64 loss, the Oaks experienced a number of encouraging signs, including a 41-point effort from their bench players.
Colin Wan and Austen Brooks led the way, each scoring 10 points as Menlo had a chance to tie or win in the final seconds, only to see the possible shot just miss its mark.
Overall, Menlo shot 44 percent from the field, but 50 percent from the free throw line (5-of-10). Cal State Maritime finished at 49 percent and 80 percent, respectively.
Menlo College baseball (4-2) earned its second series win of the young season with a double header split on Saturday afternoon against Bethesda University (2-9).
The Oaks continued their offensive surge in game one, scoring nine runs on 10 hits and benefiting from 6-plus scoreless innings from Brett Solano, but Bethesda rallied back in game two for a 4-3 victory in seven innings to conclude the series.