LA VERNE, Calif. (Jan. 9, 2019) – A big game from junior guard Grace Peng (San Ramon, Calif. / California) brought the Caltech women's basketball team within two points of winning its first SCIAC game of the season for a third-straight time at the University of La Verne on Wednesday evening.
Peng lit the Leopards up from all spots on the floor with 25 points on 11-of-19 shooting and a 3-for-4 night from beyond the arc. The total is the highest single-game number for a Caltech women's basketball player this season. The junior played the entire game and added three rebounds and a pair of assists to help the cause. Peng's final scoring play brought the Beavers within two points and came on a steal she took coast-to-coast for an easy two points. The point guard particularly began to heat up in the second half where she scored 15 points.
Caltech improved tremendously in the turnover department, committing just 10 giveaways, less than half of the prior game's total. Thanks to its dynamic backcourt and senior center Elizabeth Eiden (White Plains, N.Y. / Holy Child) in the middle, the Beavers outscored the Leopards by 20 points in the paint. Eiden had a strong game with 14 points and eight rebounds and junior guard Samantha D'Costa (San Jose, Calif. / St. Francis) came off the bench to provide the Beavers with eight points, 11 rebounds and four assists in 25 minutes. Caltech countered La Verne's system-based approach with some quick possessions of its own, which led to an explosive third-quarter, vaulting the visitors back within two points of the lead.
Head Coach Bridgette Reyes and the Beavers will be seeking their first SCIAC victory of the season when they travel to Whittier College this Saturday at 5 p.m