Photo: Shu Fay Ung
PASADENA (Dec. 30, 2019) – The Caltech women's basketball team played the school's final athletics event of the decade against Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Monday afternoon.
Monday's game took on a more defensive tone than in previous contests, with the Engineers emptying their deep bench in an attempt to stifle the shorthanded Beavers. Caltech managed to find a groove late, scoring 16 fourth-quarter points with freshman forward Sahana Saikumar (Arcadia, Calif. / Arcadia) fronting the offense with 10 of her 14 points. The rookie also added eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks in the final game of the calendar year.
Senior forward Alexa Lauinger (Ortonville, Mich. / Brandon) posted a similar game to her freshman counterpart, tallying eight points and seven rebounds along with a pair of blocks. Meanwhile, senior guard Grace Peng (San Ramon, Calif. / California) scored 11 points and made all four of her free throws. The senior has now made 24 free throws in her previous 25 attempts, an unprecedented mark among former players in the program. Freshman guard Helen Siavelis (Arlington Heights, Ill. / Prospect) also supplemented her teammates with six points in 29 minutes off the bench.
Head Coach Bridgette Reyes and the Beavers will kick off the next decade of Caltech women's basketball when they travel to the University of La Verne on Saturday, Jan. 4.