CLAREMONT, Calif. (Feb. 14, 2015) – Sophomore Kate Lewis (San Antonio, Texas/ Ronald Reagan) left no doubt in breaking the program single-season scoring record with her 10th double-double of the season to lead the Caltech women's basketball team at Pomona-Pitzer Colleges in an 81-52 defeat on Saturday afternoon.
Lewis poured in 27 points for her third straight and ninth 20-point effort this season to bring her season total to 396, shattering teammate Stephanie Wong's 2012-13 mark of 374 points with three games still in hand.
"Kate continues to produce big points when we need them, and it gives us a huge boost," Head Coach Sandra Marbut said. "She broke a big record tonight in a big way and is setting a bench mark that may stand for a very long time. She knows what she wants to get done this season and is staying focused on making it happen. She could really extend it out and challenge future players to step it up to meet her mark."
The Sagehens outshot the Beavers, 48-32 percent from the field, 33-17 percent beyond the arc and 60-53 at the charity stripe while also winning the rebound (+5) battle, although Caltech committed a season-low eight turnovers. Pomona-Pitzer improves to 6-16 overall and 5-8 in the SCIAC while Caltech is now 0-22 (0-13).
Both defenses stepped up at the start to keep it a 2-2 game over the first three minutes, but Pomona-Pitzer went ahead by double digits at 17-6 with 9:49 left to play. The Beavers hung near single digits as late as the 5:56 mark, when they trailed 23-15, but a 9-3 run to end the half saw Pomona-Pitzer lead by 14 at the break.
Lewis scored two quick baskets as the second half got underway, but the Sagehens' Amelia Hummel was on her way to a career day with 31 points and kept pace, allowing her team to extend the margin throughout the half to a high of 31 and final of 29.
"We found shots, they just didn't seem to fall and it complicated us finding any momentum," Marbut said. "It wasn't representative of what we are capable of doing – some games are a battle for reasons you can't identify and this was one of those nights. We will look at who is next up and move past it."
Lewis' 27 points were just one shy of her career best, while her 11 rebounds completed the double-double and marked the sixth straight game she has been in double figures. Junior Stephanie Wong (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) chipped in 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists while her sister, sophomore Michelle Wong (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) added three assists and two steals.
"What I enjoy about Kate and Stephanie is that they keep working at it," Marbut said. "Neither was finding the rim in the first half, yet both kept getting back up and trying again. At one point, I talked with Kate about just focusing on her rebounding to get a little momentum going, and then she poured in a bunch of points. They are both capable of big games every night and when they relax into it, it usually happens. They both found their stride in the second half and helped us down the stretch with their scoring."
Marbut and the Beavers will host the University of La Verne (10-13, 7-7) on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m.