PASADENA, Calif. (Mar. 5, 2015) – Caltech women's basketball sophomore Kate Lewis (San Antonio, Texas / Ronald Reagan) and junior Stephanie Wong (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) have been named Second Team All-SCIAC and senior Bridget Connor (Albuquerque, N.M. / Albuquerque Acad.) has been honored with the Ed Baldwin Award.
"I believe both Kate and Stephanie would dedicate what is their personal honor to the help and support they got from their teammates," Head Coach Sandra Marbut said. "They know and have said on multiple occasions they could not do it alone. They were able to achieve because everyone performed their role at their best."
Lewis led the conference in scoring with a program-record 17.6 points per game (441 total) while also averaging 8.0 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 1.6 assists and 1.0 block per game. She also set new program marks for field goals and free throws made and earned SCIAC Athlete of the Week honors for the second consecutive year.
"Kate was so strong throughout the season and posted such big numbers both in points and boards," Marbut said. "Teams learned to focus on her very quickly, and she still got her numbers while also creating opportunities for teammates. She led the conference in scoring the entire season, and no one from our program had ever accomplished that level of achievement. "
Wong led the conference in three-pointers made, averaging 2.2 per contest, while setting the program single-game three-point mark with seven treys, becoming the career three-point leader in program history and reaching 1,000 career points faster than any Beaver in history, accomplishing the feat in just 71 games. She was also named to the d3hoops.com Team of the Week, becoming the first Beaver since 2007 to earn the honor. This marks the second All-Conference honor of her career, as she made the Second Team as a rookie in 2012-13.
"Steph was so consistent and came up with some serious scoring when we needed it most," Marbut said. "She was rock solid in our wins and without her they would not have been possible."
Connor has been the team's leader the past few years, including her senior season in which she led the conference with a whopping 37.2 minutes per game while averaging 7.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game and hitting 81 percent of her free throws. Unanimously regarded as one of the hardest-working student-athletes on campus, she finishes her career with over 500 points, 400 rebounds, 100 assists and 60 steals.
"Bridget's hard work and resilience was unmatched and flat-out inspiring to her teammates," Marbut said. "She showed up every single day and worked harder than the one before it, believing the next game was the one and we had a shot at it. In the face of 64 conference losses, that takes true commitment and unwavering belief. Much of what we did the final week of the season was because of Bridget and her leadership."
This is the first year Caltech has had more than one player earn All-Conference honors. Wong and Rene Davis (Second Team, 2006-07) are the only other honorees in program history, while Lindsey King (2007-08), Lisa Yee (2009-10) and Teri Juarez (2011-12) have also brought home the Baldwin Award.
"The performances we saw from these three lifted the entire team beyond what we thought could be possible with the challenges we faced," Marbut said. "After starting the season with just nine players, dealing with injuries and still facing that conference losing streak until the final week, the next thing we knew we were adding to the record books and realizing we witnessed a very special season."
The Beavers ended the season having recorded the most SCIAC wins since the 2009-10 season to go with a number of individual records. They also set new program records for three-pointers made, free throws made, field goal percentage, three-point percentage and free throw percentage while setting a new a single-game mark with 18 steals at Whittier College on Jan. 7.
"Not only does this represent a wonderful milestone for our program looking back, it is a bright light for our future," Marbut said. "To have Stephanie and Kate back again next year gives us a real foundation to build on. They will all be modeling how to take the next step to incoming players starting their careers with us, and I hope this is inspiring for them to come back stronger and determined to finish with the program's first-ever first team nods!"