PASADENA, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2017) – Freshman Grace Peng (San Ramon, Calif. / California) led the Beavers with 15 points as a spirited 15-point rally fell short in a heartbreaking 55-46 SCIAC loss to rival Occidental College on Saturday afternoon.
Oxy got out to a quick start, putting Caltech at a big deficit early. Peng and sophomore Elizabeth Eiden (White Plains, N.Y. / Holy Child) fueled the Beavers offense with four points apiece in the opening quarter. The Tigers matched their 17-point output in the second quarter, but the Beavers were able to cut into the lead as senior Kate Lewis (San Antonio, Texas / Ronald Reagan) scored seven of her 10 and freshman Samantha D'Costa (San Jose, Calif. / St. Francis) got into the mix with back-to-back jumpers, leaving the Beavers down by 12 at the end of the first half.
Oxy extended the lead to a high of 15 to open the third quarter, but Caltech responded with 13 unanswered points which included two Peng triples. Caltech showed great resilience despite the team's overwhelming youth, still hanging within five with less than four minutes to go in the third. The Beavers forced four turnovers and did not allow their opponents to take an easy shot over the stretch. The teams traded buckets during the final minutes of the quarter and after a late Oxy bucket, Peng took the ball the length of the court and drained a long three-ball to pull the Beavers within two, 41-43, with one period of play remaining.
Lewis and sophomore Madeline Schemel (Westport, Conn. / Staples) followed a quick Tiger basket to open the fourth quarter with back-to-back buckets to tie the game at 45-45. The Caltech defense faltered and the offense became stagnant down the stretch as Lewis departed the game, which allowed the Tigers to regain the lead and close out the game on a 10-1 run.
Eiden was a force in the post once again, pulling down 12 boards to go with her eight points and five massive blocked shots. Lewis recorded 10 points and nine rebounds, four of which were offensive, while Schemel added seven points and four rebounds.
Head Coach Sandra Marbut and the Beavers will enjoy a midweek bye before heading to Chapman University (12-8 overall, 9-2 SCIAC) next Saturday, February 11th for a 2p.m. game.