By: Luke Halgerson
ATHERTON, Calif. – Menlo College Women's Basketball was playing the final game of this two-game home stand as they were going up against the 19th ranked Biola University Eagles. Coming into the game the Oaks were on a four-game losing streak and had not won a game since January 24, in which they defeated William Jessup at Haynes-Prim Pavilion. Menlo jumped out to a lead to end the first quarter but could not hang on, as the Oaks would lose to Biola 67-76.
Menlo's offense was already in sixth gear when the game started as the Oaks started the contested on a 9-4 run. The Oaks kept their foot on the gas pedal and would stretch the lead to double-digits. After Emma Briggs hit two free throws to push the score to 16-8, Menlo kept up the offensive assault and went on a 7-0 run. However, Biola got some momentum going in their favor and would finish the quarter on a 7-0 run of their own. At the end of one, the score was 23-15 in favor of the Oaks.
Menlo would keep up the good work in the second quarter as they stretched the lead to 10 after an Alyssa Gable layup. Both teams would exchange three-pointers to put the score at 28-18 in favor of Menlo. That is when Biola would get back in this game; finishing the quarter on a 23-7 to take a 41-35 lead into halftime. The Oaks would never regain the lead after leading for much of the first half.
The third quarter was extremely hard fought by the Oaks. Biola made a layup to push the lead to eight, but after an Aliyah Brantley jumper and Alexis Delovio three, the Oaks were only down 43-40. Menlo would keep things right around there for much of the quarter. With the score sitting at 51-48, Biola finished the quarter on a 7-2 run to increase the lead to 58-50.
Menlo fought valiantly in the fourth quarter, as they were not just going to hand Biola the victory. Anya Gamez hit a three ball to bring the Oaks within five and put the score at 60-55. Unfortunately, that would be as close as the Oaks would get to taking back the lead. Menlo would fall to the Eagles by a final score of 67-76. The loss drops Menlo to 9-16 overall and 2-10 in conference play while Biola improves to 19-6 and 10-3 in conference play.
Aliyah Brantley was the leading score for Menlo as she finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. Emma Briggs and Alexis Delovio were the only other Oaks to reach double digits points as both of them had 11. Delovio was also one assist shy of a double-double.
The Oaks will hit the road next week for a two-game road stand before returning home to finish the season. Menlo's next game will be a challenging affair as they go up against the number three ranked Westmont Warriors. Menlo has a 1-5 lifetime record against the Westmont but has not beaten the Warriors since November 27th, 2004. Tip-off will be at 5:30 pm in Santa Barbara, California.