PASADENA (Jan. 5, 2019) – For the second game in a row, the Caltech women's basketball team came within one basket of claiming its first SCIAC win of the year against visiting Occidental College on Saturday afternoon.
The Beavers got out to a great start, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. Caltech held its conference rival to just four points in the first quarter and eight points in the ensuing quarter. Meanwhile, the Beavers' offense began to pick up the pace with 15 points in the second quarter, taking a 23-12 lead into halftime. The Tigers battled back in the second half and ultimately came out on top with the game coming right down to the wire. The back-and-forth contest produced three lead changes, and the host Beavers led by as many as 14 points part way through the second quarter.
Two Caltech players found themselves in double-figures. Junior guard Grace Peng (San Ramon, Calif. / California) led the home team with 12 points and also helped pace the Beavers with six rebounds and three assists. Additionally, senior guard Nika Haleftiras (San Diego, Calif. / Our Lady of Peace) came on strong in the second half and finished with 11 points and three rebounds. Junior forward Alexa Lauinger (Ortonville, Mich. / Brandon) also played well, going 3-for-3 from the field without committing a turnover. Caltech also got the better of Oxy in the rebounding department with a plus-seven rebounding margin.
Head Coach Bridgette Reyes and the Beavers will return to action on the road this Wednesday when they take on the University of La Verne at 7 p.m.