The Master's 70, Menlo 60
Date of competition: Thursday, January 31, 2019
Following an extended road trip, No. 6 Menlo College welcomed No. 5 The Master's University in a big GSAC rematch. The Oaks were overpowered the when the two met in Santa Clarita, but Thursday's match was much more even. While the Oaks held their own for 40 minutes, they didn't have enough offense to overcome the Mustangs, falling 70-60. The Mustangs are now 19-4 (11-1) while the Oaks fall to 16-6 (7-5).
When a team plays The Master's, order number one is try and stop 6-6 center Stephanie Soares. Aliyah Brantley and Alyssa Gable were the primary players responsible for stopping her, and while they guarded her as well as they possibly could, the Oaks didn't have enough answers. Soares shot 11-13 from the floor for 23 points while grabbing 13 rebounds for her 17th double-double of the season, which leads the nation. Brantley led the Oaks with 14 points and six rebounds, but she eventually fouled out.
The Oaks scored 21 points when the teams met earlier in the season and Menlo made it a mission to score early. That they did, putting up 18 points in the opening quarter and only trailing by one. Alexis Delovio hit a big 3 near the end of the quarter to make it 19-18 while Anya Gamez had seven point in the quarter. Statistically, the Oaks were right there in the game all the way through, even or nearly-even with the Mustangs in virtually every category.
Get Those Numbers Up
Referencing the near-identical numbers, the Oaks were able to get their 3-point shooting well above what the Mustangs shot. Menlo went 8-19 (42.1) from three-point range while the Mustangs shot 6-24 (25). Menlo ranks 7th in the country in 3-point defense.
Menlo will be in action inside Haynes-Prim Pavilion again on Saturday against No. 14 Westmont College in a must-win game for the Oaks. Tip-off is set for 2 pm. The game will also serve as the annual Sasha Brown Memorial Game as the Oaks honor the life of one of their former players with a pre-game ceremony while awarding a new recipient for the Sasha Brown Memorial Scholarship.
posted by Rick Eymer on Jan 31, 2019 at 11:42 pm
|Add your own comment or photos
Get the day's top headlines from Palo Alto Online sent to your inbox in the Express newsletter.