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Menlo men end losing streak; women stay unbeaten in Cal Pac

 

Menlo College avoided a last-place finish in the Cal Pac Conference men's basketball race, beating visiting UC Merced, 81-63, Thursday night for its second conference win with one game remaining.

The Oaks (2-7 Cal Pac, 3-22 overall) host La Sierra at 8:30 p.m. Saturday in their final game of the season. The Bobcats remain winless in conference play.

Dylan Severson scored 12 points and nine rebounds to lead Menlo, which ended a seven-game losing streak.

Following a sluggish start, the Oaks went full throttle to overwhelm UC Merced, taking a 20-point advantage with nine minutes left to play in the first half. Menlo led by double figures most of the game.

Three other Oaks reached double figures in scoring. Mikey Eggleton led the way with 14 points, Ben Graham added 13 and Daniel Romero had 12. Graham and Tyler Evans combined to make 6 of 13 3-pointers.

Women's basketball

No. 13 Menlo remained undefeated in Cal Pac Conference play followed Thursday night's 63-52 victory over visiting UC Merced.

The seniors clinched their fourth straight regular season title with the win as the Oaks (9-0 Cal Pac, 21-4 overall) extended their conference-winning streak to 42 straight, which includes Cal Pac playoffs. Menlo moves to the Golden State Athletic Conference next season.

The Oaks led the whole game, though the Bobcats made it interesting at the end of the first half, cutting Menlo's lead to 29-27 at the intermission.

UC Merced kept it close for the first three minutes of the second half before Menlo went on a 12-2 run to open a double-digit edge.

Menlo held the Bobcats to 28 percent shooting from the field and forced 20 turnovers. Anisah Smith recorded a season-best four steals to go with 10 points.

Laurel Donnenwirth netted another double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds to go along with three assists and a steal. Aaliyah Sowards added 12 points.

Menlo hosts La Sierra on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The Oaks will honor seven seniors in a special pre-game ceremony.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo Athletics

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