PASADENA, Calif. (Dec. 14, 2014) – Sophomore Kate Lewis (San Antonio, Texas / Ronald Reagan) posted an incredible double-double against the fast-paced, lineup-rotating Knox College Prairie Fire on Sunday afternoon.
Lewis led all scorers with 26 points on a phenomenal 11-of-14 shooting and completed her third double-double of the season with 13 rebounds, adding four blocks, one assist and one steal in just 27 minutes of action.
"Kate continues to get the job done inside," Head Coach Sandra Marbut said. "I was most impressed with her ability to recognize what was happening in a fast-paced game against a frantic press, communicate it to her teammates and finish her shots."
The Beavers outshot the Prairie Fire, but with a third fewer total shots and just a single three-pointer to the visitors' 16, leaving Caltech on the short end of a 95-69 final. Knox evens its record at 4-4 while Caltech is now 0-8.
Two quick Caltech turnovers led to a 5-0 deficit, but the Prairie Fire were unable to distance themselves early with their breakneck style as the Beavers hung around through the first six minutes, when they trailed 14-10. Nine unanswered points quickly turned the margin to double digits and the Knox offense started clicking. The visitors surged ahead to a commanding 55-27 lead at halftime and extended the margin to a game-high 35 at the 16:57 mark in the second half.
The Beavers did manage to end the afternoon on a positive note, holding the Prairie Fire scoreless over the final three minutes while hitting three shots of their own, including a buzzer-beater by junior Stephanie Wong (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula).
"Anyone who appreciates progress has to be happy with how we came out today," Marbut said. "After an exhausting week of finals and facing up against team that presses all game, rotates all five players every dead ball and has a roster of 21 to our nine, it would have been easy to assume we'd fold. Yet in the face of constant running against fresh legs and frequent double and even triple teams, we still managed to make some pushes. When we should have been most tired in the second half, we surged back and held their offense in check at points. We held their offense under its scoring average, hung within three rebounds and showed a real mark of progress in this game."
Wong reached double figures for the seventh time in eight games with 13 points on 4-of-9 shooting and added seven rebounds and a team-high six assists, while junior Kristin Anderson (Folsom, Calif. / St. Francis) pulled down 13 boards and blocked three shots.
"Stephanie has been consistent for us, and tonight she figured out what sort of shots she could get and made those count," Marbut said. "Both Esther Du and Michelle Wong did a fantastic job of controlling the pace of the game under the circumstances. Esther came out with only one turnover, and was unlucky with just two assists as she opened up some great shots that didn't fall."
Marbut and the Beavers (0-8, 0-1) will hit the court again on Tuesday, Dec. 16 when they host SCIAC foe the University of Redlands (2-4, 0-0) at 7:30 p.m.