Menlo women tame the Bobcats, men drop a hoops thriller


Courtney Perry recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds to help Menlo College down host UC Merced 62-53 in a nonconference women's basketball contest Tuesday night.

Anya Gamez added 17 points for the Oaks (4-2), who ended a brief two-game slide. Kiara Brown added nine rebounds.

Ross Williams/Menlo Athletics
Menlo is off for nine days and will regroup to open Golden State Athletic Conference play on Thursday, Dec. 5 at Life Pacific (3-6) in San Dimas. Game time is 5:30 p.m.

Gamez hit a 3-pointer with two seconds left in the second quarter, giving Menlo a 32-30 edge into halftime.

The Bobcats (4-5) tied at 36 but Perry responded with a short jumper and the Oaks maintained the lead the rest of the way.

Gamez scored Menlo's first eight points and recorded 10 in the first quarter.

Men's basketball

Ross Williams scored a career-high 22 points to lead Menlo but his effort was overshadowed when host UC Merced turned an offensive rebound into the game-winning shot at the buzzer for a 72-70 nonconference victory Tuesday night.

N'Jai LeBlanc scored 15 and John Paine added 13 for the Oaks (4-2), who are off until opening GSAC play on Thursday, December 5 at Life Pacific. Cory Le'aupepe had 10 rebounds.

The Bobcats (6-2) were up 68-60 with four minutes remaining to play. Williams hit a pair of jumpers and sank two free throws and Paine scored as the Oaks went on an 8-2 run. LeBlanc hit two free throws to tie the score with 13 seconds left.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo Athletics

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