Womens Basketball

Menlo 76, Hope International 68

Date of competition: Saturday, January 26, 2019

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by Ryan Barnett

The 13th-ranked Menlo College women's basketball team made the trip down to Orange County to take on Hope International. There was quite a bit of excitement surrounding the game as earlier this season, the Royals took the Oaks to overtime inside Haynes-Prim before the Oaks were able to pull away in the extra period. On Saturday, the Oaks downed the Royals for the second time this year, 76-68. With the win, the Oaks improve to 16-5 and 7-4 in the GSAC while the Royals fall to 13-7 and 4-7 in conference play.

Oaks Win the Rebounding Battle
A focal point for the Oaks this week had to be rebounding, as they lost the rebound battle to the Royals earlier this season 39-38. Not Saturday. The Oaks outrebounded the Royals 34-29. Nearly every player on the Oaks roster did their part in crashing the glass as all but two players came up with at least three rebounds. Leading the way for the Oaks in both the scoring and rebounding category was senior Aliyah Brantley who came up with 24 points and seven rebounds. Right behind her was Alexis Delovio with 15 points and six rebounds, followed by Mira Love-Sangco with 11 points and five rebounds. It was a great all around performance for these three players as well as the team.

Getting Comfortable at the Charity Stripe
The Oaks may have been playing on the road in Fullerton, but by the culmination of the game, the free throw line felt pretty familiar to the Oaks. Menlo visited the free throw line 30 times, knocking down 23 of its foul shots. Brantley was 6-6 while Delovio was 5 of 6. Jillian Heichel was 6 of 10.

From the History Books
Although the Oaks have only been in the GSAC for four seasons, they have dominated Hope International since the series began in 2013. In 10 meetings the Oaks are 8-2 vs. the Royals and have won their last six in a row. Only two players on Coach Shannon Spataro's club, Aliyah Brantley and Alyssa Gable, know how it feels to lose to the Royals, with the Oaks last loss to HIU coming in their freshman season.

Up Next…
After their longest road trip of the season, the Oaks return to Haynes-Prim for a rematch with the 10th ranked Master's University Mustangs. The Mustangs easily dispatched the Oaks 65-21 earlier this season in Santa Clarita. The Oaks look to avenge their loss as they return to their home floor. Tip off is set for 5:30 pm on Thursday.

posted by Menlo Athletics on Jan 26, 2019 at 5:39 pm

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posted by Rick Eymer on Jan 26, 2019 at 5:55 pm

Aliyah Brantley had 24 points and seven rebounds. Photo courtesy of Menlo Athletics.
 
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