Womens Basketball

Menlo 71, Vanguard 60

Date of competition: Saturday, January 12, 2019

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Nearly one year to the day, the Menlo College women's basketball team stunned the NAIA world by beating then top-ranked Vanguard inside Haynes-Prim Pavilion. On Saturday, the Oaks entered the game ranked No. 11 while the Lions held the No. 5 spot. The result was the same same, with the Oaks using a dominant second half to power past the Lions and win 71-60. Both teams are now 13-4 on the year, while the Oaks run their conference record to 4-3 and the Lions are 5-2.

Bowie: Same Story, Different Day
For the past few weeks, it seems like every game features a career-best from Destinee Bowie in some category. In just the last six weeks alone, she has set a career-best in points twice, rebounds three times, and blocks twice. After going for 17 points, 18 rebounds, and 9 blocks during Thursday's win, she recorded her 11th double-double as an Oak with two more career-bests. On Saturday, she racked up 31 points and grabbed 21 rebounds for a 48-point, 39-rebound, 9-block week.

Defensive Lockdown
One of the most impressive aspects of the Oaks win over Vanguard came in the way of the defensive effort in the second half. Menlo held the dangerous Lions to 29.7 percent shooting in the second half and 2-16 from three-point range. Leading the charge defensively was Jessica Rogers, who played 22 minutes in her first start of the season. Menlo also dominated the paint, with a win in the rebound battle 53-35, including 19 offensive rebounds, 11 from Bowie.

Continuing to Carry the Bench
Mira Love-Sangco has been playing important minutes for the Oaks off the bench lately and once again led the reserves in scoring and finished second on the team. Love-Sangco picked up 13 points (one shy of a career-best), on 4-9 shooting, including a pair of big threes. She played 16 minutes and helped the Oaks lead in bench points 18-6.

Top-Five Career
Making a bit of personal history, Aliyah Brantley moved into fifth-place all-time in program history in points scored in the first quarter. She passes Vanessa D'Amico, who had 1,083 points in her storied career, with her eight-point, nine-rebound performance. She now has 1,089 and should wind up there when her career ends, being over 200 points behind fourth place.

Up Next
The Oaks will hit the road for the next four games, beginning with an Arizona trip next weekend. Menlo travels to Ottawa Arizona on Thursday with the game-time set for 4:30 pm
-- Menlo Athletics

posted by Rick Eymer on Jan 12, 2019 at 5:16 pm

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posted by Rick Eymer on Jan 12, 2019 at 5:31 pm

Aliyah Brantley. Photo by Menlo Athletics.
 
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