PASADENA, Calif. (Dec. 30, 2017) – Sophomore guard Samantha D'Costa (San Jose, Calif. / St. Francis) put together another solid all-around statistical line against visiting Embry-Riddle University on Saturday afternoon.
The slashing guard scored 19 points to go with six rebounds and three assists. Her greatest scoring outburst came in the fourth quarter, where she scored 11 points to keep the Beavers afloat and keep the game competitive late. Sophomore guard Grace Peng (San Ramon, Calif. / California) also hit double-figures, scoring 18 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists. She also went 5-for-5 from the free throw line, while D'Costa also had a perfect day from the line (4-for-4). Junior guard Nika Haleftiras (San Diego, Calif. / Our Lady of Peace), meanwhile played a nice two-way game, scoring 10 points while nabbing two steals and making both of her attempts from beyond the arc.
The Beavers put together a big first quarter and made their presence felt quickly against the visiting Eagles. Junior center Elizabeth Eiden (White Plains, N.Y. / Holy Child) had three blocks, all of which came in the first period. Thanks to Eiden's paint presence and the backcourt's defensive accountability, Caltech held Embry-Riddle to its lowest scoring quarter and took a 16-12 lead into the next frame. The pace and physicality of the game gradually picked up, as the two teams finished the game combining for 41 total fouls. The Beavers made the most of their opportunities at the foul line, shooting 14-for-19 on the game and nearly 20 percentage points above their opponents.
Head Coach Bridgette Reyes and the Beavers will be back in action on New Year's Day when they take on Chapman University in Orange at 4 p.m.