Photo by Charlie Magovern
PASADENA (Feb. 15, 2017) – Senior Kate Lewis (San Antonio, Texas / Ronald Reagan) posted a career-high scoring night when the Beavers met the University of La Verne on the road earlier this year and did not finish far off from that in Wednesday night's home tilt with the Leopards.
Lewis might just be comfortable playing against the Leopards. Of course, her 32 points in the two teams' last meeting came, in part due to an extra 20 minutes of action thanks to both teams taking each other to the limit in a four-overtime classic. Last night, Lewis went off for 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in regulation. To further illustrate the senior foward's dominance, she shot 13-for-15 from the field and did not miss a single basket until just three minutes into the fourth quarter. She also went 2-for-3 from the free throw line. Lewis' efficiency helped lift the Beavers to a season-high 53.1 outright shooting percentage while turning the ball over just 10 times in arguably the team's best collective performance of the season.
Freshman Grace Peng (San Ramon, Calif. / California) did not trail her senior teammate by much in the scoring department. While Peng could not top 13-for-15 from the field, she did offer up 28 points on 10-for-18 shooting with half of those baskets coming from beyond the arc. She also went a perfect 3-for-3 on free throw attempts. As far as regulation games are concerned, Wednesday marked the Beavers' highest team scoring output of the season and had themselves positioned to take home their second SCIAC victory of the season.
The Leopards looked like a team poised to overcome the Beavers in spite of the home team's big night. Caltech led by no more than five points and for every big shot the Beavers would hit, La Verne seemed to have a quick answer. One pivotal moment of the game came at the end of the first quarter when the Beavers looked poised to take a three-point lead into the second quarter. What looked to be an Elizabeth Eiden (White Plains, N.Y. / Holy Child) rejection at the buzzer turned out to be a shooting foul that sent Madison Rubino to the line to sink both of her free throws. While both teams finished just one foul apart from each other (this after Caltech committed four in the final two minutes to keep itself in the game) the types of fouls committed proved to be the deciding factor. La Verne attmped 25 free throws to Caltech's eight and while the Beavers did win the turnover battle, the Leopards made the most of their opportunities, outscoring the Beavers 17-8 on points off turnovers.
Head Coach Sanda Marbut and the Beavers will look to make it a season sweep on Pomona-Pitzer College when they host the Sagehens this Saturday at 5 p.m. on Senior Night.