Menlo women overcome big deficit to record road hoops win


Vanessa D'Amico scored 24 points and the Menlo College women's basketball team overcame a 15-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat host Arizona Christian, 71-67, in a Golden State Athletic Conference contest Saturday.

Breanna Turner hit a layup with 1:17 remaining to play to tie the score and after the Firestorm hit one of two foul shots, Aaliyah Sowards hit a layup with 42 seconds left to put the Oaks ahead to stay.

Breanna Turner
Camille Harris hit a pair of free throws and Aliyah Brantley was one of two from the foul line in the final 16 seconds to ice the victory.

Menlo (8-9, 1-3 GSAC) never led in the game until Sowards hit her layup. The Firestorm, who led by as many as 17 in the game, raced to a 21-7 lead in the first quarter before Brantley hit a jumper late in the period.

The Oaks look to maintain their momentum Thursday, when San Diego Christian comes to town for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off in GSAC play.

D'Amico was 8-of-18 from the field, including a 6-of-11 effort from long range. Turner added 12 points, while Sowards had 11 to go with four steals and three assists. Emma Briggs pulled down 12 rebounds.

Men's basketball

Ben Graham scored 12 points and Brad Sawin added 11 but Menlo dropped an 82-56 decision to host No. 9 Arizona Christian in a Golden State Athletic Conference game Saturday.

The Oaks (7-10, 1-3 GSAC) look to get back on track Thursday, when they host San Diego Christian in a GSAC contest at 7:30 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo Athletics

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