CLAREMONT, Calif. (Dec. 1, 2018) – A short-handed Caltech women's basketball team took on Pomona-Pitzer Colleges on Saturday night in a game that featured a couple breakout performances for the visiting Beavers.
Senior guard Nika Haleftiras (San Diego, Calif. / Our Lady of Peace) had a career-high 21 points without ever coming out of the game, one of three Caltech players to play the full 40. The senior also got her teammates involved with six assists and found her way to the free throw line with consistency, shooting a cool 11-for-12 from the charity stripe. Sophomore forward Kali Drango (Lake Oswego, Ore. / Lake Oswego) also got into double-figures with 12 points and began to turn it on late with half her points coming in the fourth quarter alone. Perimeter shooting also proved to be a bright spot for the Beavers, who went 5-of-10 from three-point range. Haleftiras and Drango combined for three deep balls, while freshman Elaine Lin (Brea, Calif. / Troy) knocked down two three-pointers of her own.
The Beavers put together a strong start, entering the second quarter trailing the Sagehens by just six points. Haleftiras scored 14 points in the first half, where she also went 7-for-8 from the line. Caltech's strongest string of shooting came in the first quarter when the visitors shot 56-percent from the field, all while tangling the host Sagehens up for six personal fouls to begin the game.
Head Coach Bridgette Reyes and the Beavers (3-3) will return in three days to host the University of St. Katherine (0-11) at 6 p.m.