LOS ALTOS HILLS, Calif. – Ending the yearly NorCal swing, the Lions (14-1, 3-0) were looking to continue their nine game win streak and capture another victory over Menlo College (9-7, 0-3). Riding behind a dominant performance from Claire Lamunu (SR/Kampala, Uganda) – 32 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists in only 28 minutes on the court – Vanguard has now won 10 straight games. The Blue and Gold has averaged a 28 point margin of victory during their win streak. Christiana Gerostergiou (JR/Thessaloniki, Greece) scored 12 points off the bench for the Pride knocking down 4-4 from behind the arc.
"It's always tough to go on the road in GSAC and come away with two wins like we did this weekend," assistant coach Jana Pearson reported. "I am very proud of our team as they had to battle through a lot of adversity this week."
The Lions jumped out to a hot start and ended the first 10 minutes of play with a 15 point advantage and then held a 24 point lead at the intermission. After failing to produce a three-pointer from downtown against William Jessup, the Pride knocked down 4-6 in the opening two frames. Behind the stellar play inside from Lamunu, Vanguard shot almost 60% from the field before halftime. More of the same continued in the second half at the Lions hit 52% from the field and 50% from behind the arc.
Pearson went on to say, "Tonight was a great effort top to bottom from our team. We brought lots of energy and played with lots of intensity and because of that we were able to play to our strengths and take away some of theirs. It was a great team win tonight capped off with a stellar individual performance from Claire! Our girls did a great job of finding her and others when they were open to get those coveted "easy" baskets."
Defensively, the Pride held Menlo to 35% shooting for the game and only 29% from behind the arc. Both teams turned the ball over 20 times each, but the Oaks recorded 10 steals compared to only five for the Blue and Gold. Vanguard never trailed in the game, but there were two ties early in the game. With 3:25 left in the fourth quarter the Lions pushed the lead to a game-high 36 points. The Pride outscored the Oaks 40-12 in the paint and 17 in points off the bench thanks to the hot shooting of Gerostergiou. Menlo put two scorers in double figures as Celina Pagan scored 14 and Emma Briggs chipped in 10.
Next Game: January 11th against Saint Katherine starting at 7:30 p.m.