CLAREMONT, Calif. (Dec. 8, 2014) – Sophomore Kate Lewis (San Antonio, Texas / Ronald Reagan) scored in double figures for the sixth straight game as the Caltech women's basketball team opened SCIAC play at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges on Monday night.
CMS exploded out of the gates and cruised to a 77-34 win, improving to 5-3 overall and 1-0 in the SCIAC while the Beavers drop to 0-7.
"It feels like we are just a few games from things really clicking for us," Head Coach Sandra Marbut said. "This was the first game I would say we didn't improve on our last time out, and that will happen to any team. The trick is to have it be just a bump in the road rather than a plateau on the season. Now we get home, attack our finals in the classroom, find some rest and get back to work. We have to get out there and play our hearts out every single night so we can maximize the experience."
The Athenas scored the first 15 points of the game over less than four minutes to take a commanding early lead. They extended the margin to a high of 28 just before halftime, when Lewis the first of her two three-pointers to make it 49-24 at the break. Both teams endured a prolonged stretch of cold shooting to open the second half, with CMS hitting just two shots in the first six minutes while Caltech did not sink a basket until the 11:15 mark. The Athenas would increase the lead to a game-high 49 points with 3:41 remaining before the Beavers salvaged some pride with the final six points of the game, including Lewis' second trey of the game, making the 6-0 forward 3-for-3 on the season from beyond the arc.
Lewis netted a game-high 17 points and again filled out her stat line with two rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block while senior Bridget Connor (Albuquerque, N.M. / Albuquerque) chipped in with six points and six rebounds.
"Kate continues to bring solid scoring every night, and we need her to keep it up throughout the season," Marbut said. "We knew she could be a force for us, but we really didn't get to see that last year with her out for six weeks and catching up once she got back. It is a lot of fun to watch her explore her game in different ways and find success. She still has to develop greater accuracy, which she will as she starts getting a more solid handle on her game, and that will help her become a dominant post player for us."
Marbut and the Beavers will look to bounce back in the first of five straight home games against Knox College (2-4) on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2:00 p.m.