PASADENA, Calif. (Dec. 6, 2014) – Sophomore Kate Lewis (San Antonio, Texas / Ronald Reagan) weathered a physical battle in the post to record her second double-double of the season as the Caltech women's basketball team hosted Lewis & Clark College on Saturday afternoon.
"Kate has been a go-to and despite struggling to hit her shots today, still managed to come out with 12 points," Head Coach Sandra Marbut said. "She can use that to continue growing as a player, which will help us not just this year but over her next couple of seasons as well."
The Pioneers surged ahead at the start and distanced themselves late to record a 68-46 victory, improving to 3-4 while the Beavers drop to 0-6.
"While the record doesn't indicate it yet, we are making strides in the right direction," Marbut said. "The size of our roster held us back today, not the talent or effort, especially without Kristin Anderson available. Even despite the rough shooting day, we made it a nine-point game in the second half – that says a lot about what we can do this season. We don't have a bench to go to late, so every possession counts and we are learning to work with no margin of error. Our 12 assists versus nine turnovers is indicative of that, and where we want to be more often."
The Beavers struggled to find their shooting stroke in the early going, falling behind 14-2 over the first five minutes. The margin increased to as much as 16 before Caltech's offense began to click, with five straight points from junior Stephanie Wong (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) cutting the deficit to nine at 30-21 with 2:17 remaining. Lewis & Clark regained a double-digit lead at 34-23 heading into halftime.
Lewis bookended the break with seven straight Beavers points to keep Caltech within striking distance, and sophomore Michelle Wong (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) drained a three-pointer to make it a 10-point game at the 14:51 mark. Three minutes later, Stephanie Wong hit a jumper and nailed a three-pointer in transition following a steal by Lewis within just 22 seconds to bring the Beavers back within single digits at 45-36 with 11:58 to play.
That was as close as Caltech would get, though, as Lewis & Clark outscored the hosts 23-10 over the stretch to lock up the win.
Wong led the Beavers with 16 points and filled out her stat line with three rebounds, two assists and one steal while Lewis did the same with 12 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal and a block. Senior Bridget Connor (Albuquerque, N.M. / Albuquerque) continued her recent hot streak with eight points, four rebounds and two assists and sophomore Mary Boyajian (Sun Valley, Calif. / Village Christian) dished out a team-high three assists.
"Steph, Kate and Bridget continue to get the job done in key spots, even when having to work through rough patches," Marbut said. "That helps open things up for their teammates, and everyone scored tonight as a result."
Marbut and the Beavers will open conference play against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (4-3) at Harvey Mudd College on Monday, Dec. 8.