Photo by Bob Paz
PASADENA, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2016) – Junior Kate Lewis (San Antonio, Texas / Ronald Reagan) joined the 500-rebound club with an overpowering double-double as the Caltech women's basketball team was unable to capitalize on a 17-point first quarter lead in a 74-54 loss to Occidental College on Thursday night.
Lewis pulled down 13 boards to land on exactly 500 for her career while adding a team-high 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting and also chipped in with two assists, two steals and a block in another typical all-around line. The Beavers outshot Oxy 49-36 percent from the field, 42-29 percent beyond the arc and 82-77 percent along with an eight-round advantage but were undone by a season-high 37 turnovers that allowed the Tigers to nearly double the Beavers' field goal attempts.
Caltech stormed out to a 16-0 lead as Occidental was unable to score over the first eight-and-a-half minutes and could only muster a pair of free throws in the entire period, after which the Beavers led by 17 at 19-2. Lewis racked up six points and five rebounds in the first 10 minutes alone as all five Beavers joined in the scoring.
The Tigers found their shooting stroke in the second quarter, netting seven unanswered points over the first three minutes and unleashing a barrage in the latter five minutes. A late three-pointer and buzzer-beating jumper cut the deficit to just two at halftime, 29-27. Oxy tied things up immediately in the second half and took control after three minutes, soon going ahead by five at 41-36 and mataining a three-point lead by the end of the quarter. The visitors stretched their lead to double digits in the fourth quarter before Caltech made one final push with a 7-2 run to trim the margin back to seven at 59-52, but Oxy could not miss in the final 5:31, scoring on the final five straight possessions to seal the victory.
Junior Michelle Wong (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) and freshman Elizabeth Eiden (White Plains, N.Y. / Holy Child) joined Lewis in double figures with 14 and 10 points, respectively, on a combined 9-for-17 shooting. Wong also dished out six assists and made three steals while Eiden blocked a pair of shots. Senior Stephanie Wong (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) added nine points on a trio of three-pointers and grabbed eight boards.
Head Coach Sandra Marbut and the Beavers host Cal Lutheran University (15-5, 9-2) on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 7:00 p.m.