Womens Basketball

Westmont 57, Menlo 43

Date of competition: Saturday, February 2, 2019

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The 14th-ranked Westmont Warriors made their lone trip of the season to No. 14 Menlo College at Haynes-Prim Pavilion on Saturday afternoon for a clash of ranked teams. The Warriors slow, methodical, defensive style once again prevailed as they stifled the Oaks offensive attack, winning 57-43. The loss drops the Oaks to 16-7 overall and 7-6 in GSAC play while the Warriors improved to 17-6 overall and 10-3 in GSAC action.

Sasha Brown Memorial Game
Saturday represented the annual Sasha Brown Memorial Game, as Menlo honored the life of Sasha Brown, a member of Menlo's 2012-13 Cal Pac championship team who suddenly passed away on July 11, 2013. The annual Sasha Brown Memorial Scholarship was awarded to junior guard Anya Gamez in a pregame ceremony. She joins Alyssa Gable and Jessica Rogers as current Oaks who have been scholarship recipients.

Looking Good Early
While points were tough to come by for both squads, Menlo was able to create some good looks on the offensive end and hold strong on defensive in a back and forward first period. Trailing by two with just over three minutes remaining in the period, Aliyah Brantley came through with a three-point play to give the Oaks the lead. They hung on to the lead for the remainder of the period, leading 15-12 when the horn sounded.

Lopsided Second
Jillian Heichel hit a 3 early in the second period to extend the Menlo lead to six, the largest of the night. The Warriors came storming back and outscored the Oaks 15-7 in the second stanza to take a 27-22 lead into the locker room. Westmont outscored the Oaks 30-21 in the second half to seal the victory.

Brantley Comes Up Big
Aliyah Brantley put together a solid performance, hitting a number of tough shots in the post to keep the Oaks within striking distance. Her efforts underneath the basket netted her a team-best 13 points to go along with six rebounds, two blocked shots, and a team-high 36 minutes played.

By The Numbers
Just behind Brantley in the scoring column was Salome Cordinier with nine points and Jillian Heichel with eight. Westmont was led by three scorers in double figures: Lauren Tsuneishi with 14, Kailin Larson with 13, and Maud Ranger with 12. The Warriors had 13 assists to the Oaks six. The Warriors took a small edge in the battle of the boards, 39-34.

Up Next
The Oaks will hit the road on Saturday evening for a rematch with the William Jessup Warriors. Tipoff in Rocklin is set for 5:30 p.m.

posted by Menlo Athletics on Feb 2, 2019 at 9:41 pm

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