Late 3-pointer lifts Menlo women to GSAC hoops victory


Vanessa D'Amico hit a 3-pointer with 26 seconds remaining to play to give Menlo College the lead for good in a 77-73 victory over visiting San Diego Christian in a Golden State Athletic Conference women's basketball game Thursday night.

D'Amico's field goal gave the Oaks (9-9, 2-3 GSAC) a 74-73 edge. She later hit one of two foul shots and Emma Briggs put the game out of reach with a pair of free throws in the final five seconds.

Vanessa D'Amico
The fourth quarter featured five lead changes and was tied on four other occasions, giving Menlo its second straight victory and four in the past five overall. The Oaks continue GSAC play at home against Biola on Saturday at p.m.

Menlo scored the first seven points of the contest and led, 29-15, late in the first quarter as Jacki Bateman converted a three-point play.

The Hawks responded with a 17-2 run and to take a 32-31 lead midway through the second period but the Oaks recovered to eventually build a 6-point edge before settling for a 42-40 advantage at halftime.

San Diego Christian was able to carry a two-point lead into the final quarter thanks to a pair of free throws with two seconds left in the third, setting up a wild finish.

D'Amico scored 15 points to lead Menlo and three other Oaks reached double figures, including Breanna Turner, who recorded a double-double with 11 points, on 5-of-9 shooting, and 10 rebounds.

Briggs added 12 points and Aaliyah Sowards had 11. Madison Michelis produced six points and nine rebounds.

Men's basketball

Mikey Eggleton and Rosando AmayaWood each scored 17 points but Menlo dropped a tightly-contested 79-75 decision to visiting San Diego Christian Thursday night in Golden State Athletic Conference action.

Tyler Evans added 15 points for the Oaks (7-11, 1-4 GSAC), who host Biola at 4 p.m. Saturday.

The Hawks led, 68-61, with 5:06 remaining to play but Menlo gradually pulled to within one three minutes later on an Evans 3-pointer.

A turnover with four seconds left and ensuing San Diego Christian basket proved too much to overcome.

AmayaWood had a double-double in the game, pulling down 15 rebounds to go with his 17 points.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo Athletics

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