CLAREMONT, Calif. (Dec. 30, 2014) – Sophomore Kate Lewis (San Antonio, Texas / Ronald Reagan) netted a career-high 28 points as the Caltech women's basketball team hosted Johns Hopkins University on the second day of the Caltech-CMS Winter Classic at the Linde Center on Tuesday afternoon.
The Blue Jays separated from the Beavers late in the first half and extended the margin to a 66-53 final score line. Johns Hopkins improves to 7-3 while Caltech drops to 0-11.
"What a great game; Johns Hopkins is among the best teams in the country and is frequently a Top 25 team in the country," Head Coach Sandra Marbut said. "Our goal coming into the game was to compete, and we did that well beyond what could have been expected. We frustrated them throughout the first half and did a fantastic job staying the course, despite fatigue doing just enough to turn some makes into misses."
Johns Hopkins jumped out to a 10-2 lead before the Beavers sank their first basket of the game, with Lewis scoring Caltech's first six points to spark a 13-2 run that put the home team up 13-12 at the 13:22 mark. Johns Hopkins quickly took the lead back, but Caltech continued to fight, keeping within one with 2:46 remaining until halftime. The Blue Jays stepped it up just before the break, however, to score seven straight points and take a 31-25 lead heading into the second half.
The Blue Jays extended the lead to as many as 22 points just 7:45 from the final whistle, but junior Stephanie Wong (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) nailed a pair of three-pointers and Lewis bookended the game with another six straight points down the stretch to trim the final difference to 13 points.
Lewis' 28-point performance was her fifth 20-point effort of the season, fueled in part by a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line. Senior Bridget Connor (Albuquerque, N.M. / Albuquerque Acad.) continued her recent hot streak with her first double-digit scoring game of the season, netting 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Wong nailed a trio of three-pointers and added six rebounds, tying with junior Kristin Anderson (Folsom, Calif. / St. Francis) for the team lead while also dishing out two assists.
"Kate continues to come up big and be a major force in the paint," Marbut said. "She doesn't need to do anything fancy, it's just good, solid work in the post. Bridget shot the ball well tonight and it has been great to see her do that in back-to-back games – she works so hard to perfect her shot every day in practice, and it paid off tonight. For the second game in a row, we can say it was a total team effort. We carried over the energy from last night's performance, with everyone doing their part, especially on defense. We forced them to make a lot of changes in what they wanted to do, and that is the type of disruptive defense that we are building on going into the SCIAC schedule."
Marbut and the Beavers will return to SCIAC play on Monday, Jan. 5 as they host Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (8-3 overall, 2-0 SCIAC) at 7:30 p.m.