By: Luke Halgerson

LOS ALTOS HILLS, Calif. – Menlo College Women's Basketball was playing its third Golden State Athletic Conference game of the season on Saturday afternoon. The Oaks would do battle against one of the tougher teams in the conference in the sixth-ranked Vanguard University Lions. Coming into the contest, the Oaks were on a two-game losing streak while Vanguard was on a seven-game winning streak. Menlo could not overcome an early first half deficit and would lose by a final score of 83-50.

The first quarter started out evenly as the teams would be tied at 6-6 after a Celina Pagan layup. That was when Vanguard took the game over and would not allow Menlo to even tie the game the rest of the way. Vanguard would finish the first quarter on a 15-0 run and would go into the second up 21-6.

The run continued for Vanguard in the second quarter as the Lions scored the next 15 points in the quarter to increase the lead to 36-6. All an all, Vanguard went on a 30-0 run in the first and second quarter. Emma Briggs finally ended the run with five minutes to go in the quarter. From that point, the Oaks would do their best to get back into the game. The Oaks finished the second quarter on a 13-9 run to push the score to 45-21 in favor of Vanguard.

The third quarter was well fought by the Oaks. Although Vanguard did start the quarter on a 7-0 run, the Oaks matched that with a 7-0 run of their own. From there, Menlo would only be able to decrease the deficit to 23 after a Breanna Turner layup. With the teams trading baskets the rest of the quarter, the Oaks were still down 61-37 entering the fourth quarter.

Vanguard would increase the lead in the fourth quarter as they started the fourth on a 13-4 run. Menlo could not bring the deficit fewer than 30 and would fall to the Lions by a final score of 83-50. With the loss, Menlo drops to 9-7 on the year and 0-3 in conference play.

Celina Pagan was the leading scorer for the Oaks, finishing with 14 points on 6-9 shooting. Emma Briggs was the next high scorer for Menlo as she tallied 10 points along with three assists. Menlo struggled to shot the ball as they only shot 35% from the field compared to a Vanguard team that shot 55%.

Menlo can not dwell on this loss for long as they have another tough GSAC game ahead of them with the number three team in the nation Westmont College coming to town. Entering the contest, The Oaks have a 1-4 overall record against the Warriors but have not defeated them since 2004. The game is next Saturday, January 14th, with tip-off at 2:00 p.m. It will be the Sasha Brown Memorial Game as well.