PASADENA (Jan. 11, 2017) – Junior guard Nika Haleftiras (San Diego, Calif. / Our Lady of Peace) shot 50-percent from the three-point line and helped put the Caltech women's basketball team in a position to win against visiting Occidental College on Wednesday evening.
Haleftiras came up big with a 4-for-8 night from three, en route to 16 points and three rebounds in 37 minutes of action. Two of the junior's three's came in the third quarter and had an essential part in digging the Beavers out of a 10-point hole. Her second three-pointer of the quarter cut the Tigers' lead to just one point and set her team up to potentially steal the game in the fourth quarter. Her final three-pointer of the game helped silence a brief Oxy run and give Caltech the confidence to challenge for the win in the game's final two minutes, marking the third consecutive game in which the team has done so. The lead changed just once (after the Beavers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter) but the Tigers led by as many as 16 points early in the second quarter, which the Beavers cut to as little as one point thanks to Haleftiras and company.
While the Tigers ultimately held off the Beavers, the hosts managed to outrebound the significantly larger visiting team and outshot them by a slim margin. Sophomore guard Samantha D'Costa (San Jose, Calif. / St. Francis) played a role in these numbers, scoring 23 points to go along with 12 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. She also came away with two steals and two blocks to make up another impressive all-around performance. Junior center Elizabeth Eiden (White Plains, N.Y. / Holy Child) also came down with 12 rebounds and blocked three shots, furthering her status as the conference's leading shot blocker. Like the aformentioned Haleftiras, sophomore guard Grace Peng (San Ramon, Calif. / California) also scored 16 points and led her team with four assists.
Head Coach Bridgette Reyes and the Beavers will next get the University of La Verne for their annual Orange Out game on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.