Photo: Shu Fay Ung
ORANGE, Calif. (Dec. 8, 2019) – The Caltech women's basketball team faced down its toughest test of the year to date on Saturday afternoon when it traveled to SCIAC contender Chapman University for its first true road game of the year.
The young Beavers found themselves under duress for much of the game but succeeded in spots, outscoring the Panthers 23-19 in the third quarter. During that stretch, five different Beavers sank baskets while multiple players had the opportunity to shine. Senior guard Grace Peng (San Ramon, Calif. / California) scored seven of her team-best 13 points in the third, while Alexa Lauinger (Ortonville, Mich. / Brandon) managed six of her 12.
Freshman forward Sahana Saikumar (Arcadia, Calif. / Arcadia) contributed in every category, scoring 11 points to go with a team-best eight rebounds and five blocks, along with three steals and two assists in perhaps the most balanced game of her young career. Five of Saikumar's points came from the free-throw line where the visiting Beavers went a collective 14-for-16 on the night. Freshman guard Faith Pinney (Spokane, Wash. / Gonzaga Preparatory School) contributed to the team free-throw total by making all four of her attempts en route to a 10-point, four-assist performance.
Head Coach Bridgette Reyes and the Beavers will have the week to rest before getting a chance to right the ship at home when they rematch Bethesda University on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m.