Freshman Nura Galmes scored 14 points and the 24th-ranked Menlo College women's basketball earned a 64-59 victory over host Hope International at Darling Pavilion in Fullerton on Saturday afternoon in a Golden State Athletic Conference contest.
Galmes, a Barcelona native, was 6-of-10 from the field, added five rebounds and blocked three shots for the Oaks (6-2, 2-0), who are off for 10 days before traveling to the Hoops and Surf Christmas Classic in Hawaii.
In what proved to be a defensive-minded game, the Oaks led the majority of the contest and held off a late Royal charge to secure their second GSAC win of the season. led the Oaks with a 14-point effort. With the win, Menlo improves to 6-2 overall and 2-0 in GSAC play while Hope International falls to 9-2 overall and 1-1 in conference.
Menlo held the Royals to 25% shooting from the field (15-of-60) , which included a 4-of-19 effort from 3-point range.
With just over seven minutes remaining, Galmes hit a jumper to stretch the Menlo lead to seven points. The two teams combined to attempt 21 free throws in the closing minutes.
Hope International (9-2, 1-1) cut Menlo's lead to one with 10 seconds remaining but thej Oaks connected on all four of their free throws in the final seconds to preserve the win.
Alexis Delovio added 12 points and had five assists and three steals. Aliyah Arcillas added her second consecutive double-digit night in the point column, following up on her 24-point effort a game ago with a 10-point day on Saturday. Arcillas added a pair of assists and two rebounds.
Kiara Brown added nine points and Salome Cordinier was next in the scoring column with eight. Courtney Perry, Anya Gamez and Victoria Iafeta each had six rebounds to lead the team.
Menlo bounced back from a close loss Friday to beat previously undefeated No. 15 Hope International 86-78 on Saturday.
John Paine scored 27 points for the Oaks (5-3, 1-1), who also received 22 points from Ross Williams and 10 points from Corey Le'aupepe. Paine shot 75% from the field.