PASADENA, Calif. – A late first half run that spilled over into the second half proved to be enough for Whittier as they posted a 66-43 win over Caltech in a SCIAC women's basketball match-up.
Caltech (0-14, 0-3) opened the game with promise as they hit the first three field goals of game in building a quick 6-0 lead. They continued to hold that early six-point edge at 10-4 with 15:49 left in the half before the visitors mounted a comeback. The Poets went on a 16-3 scoring spurt over the next six-plus minutes to grab a 20-13 lead.
The Beavers got their deficit down to 22-19 after a Rachel Hess lay-up with 7:44 remaining in the frame. However, Whittier concluded the period by scoring 16 of the final 19 points in taking a 38-22 lead in the locker room.
Whittier (4-10, 1-2) continued their momentum and upped their lead courtesy of a 20-7 scoring spurt in the second half's opening 6:36 in building a 58-29 cushion. Caltech dwindled their deficit down to 23 on three occasions but couldn't pull any closer.
The visitors inside game played a huge factor in the contest as they held a plus-18 rebounding edge (57-39) while posting a 19-9 advantage in second chance points. Danielle Hays came off the bench to grab a team best 12 rebounds to aid in the Poets rebounding efforts.
Dannika Navales-Lugt scored 13 of her game high 16 points in the first half to pace the Whittier attack.
Caltech turned the ball over a season low 18 times while tallying 12 steals; the second highest mark of the season.
The Beavers continue SCIAC play on Saturday when they travel to Pomona-Pitzer for a 5:00 p.m. tip-off with the Sagehens.