SALEM, Ore. (Nov. 21, 2014) – Juniors Kristin Anderson (Folsom, Calif. / St. Francis) and Stephanie Wong (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) led the Caltech women's basketball team with double-figure scoring nights as the Beavers fell, 81-47, in their season opener at Willamette University on Friday night.
Willamette opens the season 1-0 while Caltech begins at 0-1.
The Beavers hung close early on, trading leads through the first 10 minutes and holding a two-point lead at 16-14 after the opening 10 minutes.
The Bearcats exploded at that point, running off 13 straight points over four minutes to surge ahead by 11. Sophomore Michelle Wong (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) hit a jumper to pull back within single digits, but Willamette rattled off another 12 unanswered points to head into halftime with a 21-point lead at 39-18.
Caltech picked up the first four points coming out of the break, but Willamette quickly sank a trio of three-pointers to extend the lead out to 27 and, after a brief Beavers spurt of six straight points on free throws, continued to build up the lead to its final 34-point margin.
Anderson led the Beavers with 11 points on 3-of-8 shooting and seven rebounds, while Stephanie Wong chipped in 10 points, including going 2-of-6 from downtown. Sophomore Kate Lewis (San Antonio, Texas / Ronald Reagan), Michelle Wong and junior Ann Chen (Thousand Oaks, Calif. / Westlake) contributed nine, eight and seven points, respectively, with Chen also adding six rebounds and Wong dishing out a team-high two assists while tying for the team lead in steals (two) with senior Bridget Connor (Albuquerque, N.M. / Albuquerque Acad.).
Head Coach Sandra Marbut and the Beavers will turn right around with less than 24 hours' rest as they face Pacific (Ore.) University tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 22 at 4 p.m. The game will be available online via live video stream and Live stats, both of which can be accessed through the team's schedule page at GoCaltech.com.