HOOP CHAMP . . . The Menlo College women's basketball team earned a third straight trip to the NAIA Championships by winning the California Pacific Conference playoff title for the third year in a row on Monday night in Atherton.
The top-seeded Lady Oaks (25-5) posted a 68-64 win over No. 3 seed William Jessup (14-15), Menlo's third of the season over the Warriors. The Lady Oaks' largest lead of the contest came on a basket by Laurel Donnenwirth with 4:00 remaining to make it 61-53.
Donnenwirth again proved why she is considered one of the top players in the conference by building off of Saturday's 28-point, 25-rebound performance with a 27-point, 11-rebound effort in the championship game. Cal Pac Player of the Year Jolise Limcaco was the only other Menlo scorer in double-digits with 13 points, three rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes of action. Menlo now turns its focus to a trip to Sioux City, Iowa for the 32-team, single-elimination 2014 NAIA National Championships that get under way March 12.
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