WHITTIER, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2018) – Junior guard Nika Haleftiras (San Diego, Calif. / Our Lady of Peace) of the Caltech women's basketball team picked up the offense with a greater emphasis on three-point shooting at Whittier College on Wednesday evening.
Haleftiras attempted a personal-high 10 three-pointers and connected on three of them to help her to 11 points while playing nearly the entire game. Sophomore guard Samantha D'Costa (San Jose, Calif. / St. Francis) supported Haleftiras with a team-high 16 points and did half of her damage from the free throw line with an 8-for-10 shooting line. She also came up with six rebounds, all of which came on the defensive side and added three assists and two steals. Sophomore guard Grace Peng (San Ramon, Calif. / California) also hit double-figures with 10 points, all of which came from the field.
Caltech put together its best all-around 10 minutes in the fourth quarter, where they outscored Whittier, 17-14. Six different players scored in the quarter and the team defense held the Poets to their fewest points since the opening frame.
Head Coach Bridgette Reyes and the Beavers will return to Pasadena for a 7 p.m. game on Saturday, Jan. 27 against first-place Chapman University.