Menlo's Paine puts the hurt on Northern New Mexico


John Paine scored 14 points, including the go-ahead layup midway through the second half, and the Menlo College men's basketball team beat Northern New Mexico, 67-64, at Kailua, Hawaii on Wednesday in the Big Island Classic.

The Oaks (8-5, 1-0 Golden State Athletic Conference) return to conference action on Tuesday, Jan. 3 with a home game against William Jessup.

John Paine
Paine, who also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, turned an offensive rebound into the go-ahead basket with 14:43 remaining to play.

Menlo maintained a fragile lead, never by more than seven points, the rest of the way.

Freshman guard Jeremiah Testa also scored 14 points for the Oaks, who have won three of their past four games.

The Menlo women's basketball team returns home next Thursday to take on Olivet Nazarene at 6 p.m. in a nonconference game.

Celina Pagan leads the Oaks (8-4) with a 10.8 scoring average, followed closely behind by Aliyah Brantley (10.2) and Emma Briggs (10.1).

Menlo has won three of its last four games, including an upset of NAIA No. 8 College of the Ozarks.

The Tigers (9-4) average an NAIA best 107.2 points per game (on 93.5 shots a game) and have attempted 573 3-pointers to date. They use all 15 players on the roster, with 14 of them averaging at least 10.9 minutes a game.

Maggie Schmidt, one of three ONU players without a 3-pointer, is the team's leading scorer, averaging 17.2 points a game in 19.8 minutes. She's third in the nation with a .623 field goal percentage.

The Tigers, who have scored more than 100 points in 11 of 13 games, average 22.5 assists (second in the nation), 19.4 steals (first) and 22.0 turnovers a game and also force over 35 turnovers a game while allowing a nation-worst 95.2 points a game.

ONU coach Lauren Stamatis, in her fifth season, is doing something right. Her career mark is 104-41 (.717) and the Tigers have made three appearances ion the national championships, including a quarterfinal appearance last year, since she took over. They've been the national team scoring leaders in all four of her previous seasons.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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