PASADENA, Calif. (Jan. 5, 2015) – Junior Stephanie Wong (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) netted a hard-earned 13 points to record her 10th double-figure scoring game of the season to lead the Caltech women's basketball team to a 10-point improvement on its earlier matchup against SCIAC foe Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges on Monday night.
CMS jumped out to the early lead and never surrendered it en route to a 76-44 victory to improve to 10-3 overall and stay perfect at 4-0 in SCIAC play, while Caltech drops to 0-12 (0-3). The Athenas could not miss all night, shooting 51 percent from the field and an incredible 48 percent from beyond the arc, which included a season-high-tying 11 made three-pointers. In addition to the scoring margin, Caltech halved the rebounding margin and improved by 18 points in the paint.
CMS scored the first 10 points before Caltech hit its first basket nearly four minutes into the game. The teams traded baskets over the next four minutes, with sophomore Michelle Wong (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) bringing the Beavers back within 10 on a three-point play at the 12:08 mark, but Caltech would go five minutes before scoring again as CMS surged ahead to a 26-9 lead. Things heated up just before halftime as Wong drilled back-to-back three-pointers in the final 1:43, but CMS went into the break leading 46-19.
The deficit increased to 41 over the first six minutes of the second half before Caltech got back on the board, with Wong matching her sister's earlier three-point play with one of her own. Sophomore Kate Lewis (San Antonio, Texas / Ronald Reagan) was finally rewarded for her relentless effort with her first two buckets of the game soon after and Wong converted another layup minutes later to cap a 7-2 run with just under 10 minutes remaining. Junior Ann Chen (Thousand Oaks, Calif. / Westlake) would also record a three-point play and senior Bridget Connor (Albuquerque, N.M. / Albuquerque Acad.) finished the night white hot, scoring six points in less than a minute on the Beavers' final three possessions.
Wong's 13 points came on an efficient 5-of-9 shooting (2-of-3 on three-pointers) and the veteran rounded out her line with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block while junior Kristin Anderson (Folsom, Calif. / St. Francis) matched Wong with seven rebounds despite playing just 15 minutes.
Head Coach Sandra Marbut and the Beavers will look to bounce back at Whittier College (4-5, 0-1) on Wednesday, Jan. 7.