Photo: Noelle Davis
PASADENA (Jan. 11, 2020) – The Caltech women's basketball team put its defensive improvements on display against visiting Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges on Saturday afternoon.
The Beavers held the Athenas, a regular in the SCIAC Postseason Tournament in recent years, to just 32.8 percent shooting and to a three-point shooting percentage just north of 20. The size and depth of the visitors wore on Caltech late, but the host Beavers started strong and trailed the Athenas by just two points at the first media timeout. Caltech's on-ball defense particularly showed up with the Beavers forcing the Athenas into 24 turnovers, half of which resulted in steals.
Senior guard Grace Peng (San Ramon, Calif. / California) led the way for Caltech with 13 points, but the Beavers received contributions from up and down the roster. Senior forward Alexa Lauinger (Ortonville, Mich. / Brandon) led in the rebounding department with nine boards, while freshman forward Sahana Saikumar (Arcadia, Calif. / Arcadia) got in on the action defensively with four blocks. Freshman forward Charley Lafayette (Toronto, Ontario, Can. / Branksome Hall), meanwhile played one of the best all-around games of her career, scoring an athletic basket late while picking up five rebounds in just 10 minutes. Freshman guard Faith Pinney (Spokane, Wash. / Gonzaga Preparatory School) played the whole game for the Beavers and classmate Helen Siavelis (Arlington Heights, Ill. / Prospect) beat the buzzer with a three-pointer to close the second half, finishing the game with five points and a pair of steals.
Head Coach Bridgette Reyes and the Beavers will have a chance to get back in the win column on Wednesday, Jan. 15 when they host California Lutheran University at 7 p.m.