Sioux City, Iowa – An incredibly successful season came to an end on Thursday afternoon when the Menlo Lady Oaks (26-4) fell to #12 Jamestown (27-5) 70-54 in the first round of the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Championships.
Jamestown led for much of the game, in large part due to their 44.6% shooting effort from the field. Comparatively, Menlo was only able to convert on 34.8% of their shots, including just 29% in the second half. The Jimmies led 37-29 at the end of the first half and continued to have their way with the Lady Oaks in the second half to extend the lead by as much as 18 points with just minutes remaining in the game.
Lauren Adamek led the way for Menlo offensively with a game-high 21 points on 9 of 18 shooting. Laurel Donnenwirth nearly notched her 11th double-double of the season with eight points and 11 rebounds. Sareen Ohanian chipped in eight points and a pair of assists for the Lady Oaks. Bridget Schuneman led the scoring efforts for Jamestown with 19 points.
The loss snaps Menlo's 14-game winning streak and brings one of the most successful seasons in school history to a close. The Lady Oaks made their second consecutive trip to the national tournament and collected Cal Pac regular season and tournament honors. Menlo also took home "Player of the Year," "Coach of the Year," and "Defender of the Year" honors for the efforts of Limcaco, head coach Shannon Osborne, and Donnenwirth. With the first round loss, Adamek, Ohanian, Carly Tristao, and Jenna Marinaro end their successful careers in Menlo navy blue and white.
Jamestown advances to the second round of the tournament for the second-straight year and the third time in school history. They will face top-seeded Eastern Oregon at 1:45pm CST on Friday.