Palo Alto Weekly
Sports - March 1, 2013
TOURNEY BOUND . . . The Menlo College women's basketball team received a No. 5 seed in its quadrant and will meet No. 4 Jamestown in the first round of the State Farm NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship next Thursday in Sioux City, Iowa, at the Tyson Event Center. The winner of the Menlo (26-3) and Jamestown (26-5) contest will meet either No. 1 Eastern Oregon or No. 8 Southwestern in the second round. The teams have one common opponent in Johnson and Wales. The Lady Oaks beat them at home, 96-67, and beat them again, 90-72, on the road. Johnson and Wales beat the Jimmies, 78-76, at home. Menlo qualified for its second straight trip to the national tourney by successfuly defending its California Pacific Conference playoff title with a 66-58 victory over visiting William Jessup on Tuesday night in Atherton. The win by the nationally No. 18-ranked Oaks capped an undefeated conference campaign and gave Menlo its 14th consecutive victory. The Oaks' Jolise Limcaco led all scorers with 21 points. Menlo put together an impressive defensive effort in the first half, holding William Jessup to just 18 percent from the field on 5-of-27 shooting. The Oaks also forced 10 turnovers and out-rebounded the Warriors, 27-20. Menlo held a 28-14 halftime lead. Menlo came out of the gate and extended the lead to 17 points thanks to Limcaco's three-pointer. William Jessup, however, shot 50 percent from the field on 16-of-32 shooting, which helped the team to chip away at the 17-point deficit and bring the game to within five points with less than two minutes to play. Menlo got great minutes out of Limcaco, as well as Amber Lane, who got her first start of the playoff run. Lane played over 37 minutes for the Oaks and chipped in 12 points.
OAKS FALL . . . An exciting postseason run by the Menlo College men's basketball team came to an end in a 66-63 loss to host CSU Martime in the championship game of the California Pacific Conference playoffs on Monday night in Vallejo. The Oaks (10-18) and Keelhaulers (24-6) played a highly competitive brand of basketball, but Maritime's ability to make clutch free throws down the stretch proved to be the difference. It was CSU Maritime's second consecutive Cal Pac tournament title. With just over five minutes remaining, Maritime took their largest lead of the night, 49-39. In the final minutes of the game, ChaRunn Jones proved he wasn't ready for his career at Menlo to conclude. Jones scored 12 points in just over 3 1/2 minutes, capped off by a rare four-point-play. The Oaks, however, had to begin fouling as they trailed by six with just minutes remaining. Maritime continued to hit free throws, and Jones kept taking it down the court and answering with three-pointers. Despite the best efforts of Jones and the Oaks, the Keelhaulers were not to be denied as they held on. Jones led all scorers with 20 points on the night. John Smith and Charles Barnes each added eight for the Oaks while teammate Keith Bowman contributed eight points and 12 rebounds in the loss.
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