Photo by Bob Paz
PASADENA, Calif. (Jan. 7, 2016) – Junior Kate Lewis (San Antonio, Texas / Ronald Reagan) claimed the program record for career double-doubles, posting her fifth of the season and 18th of her career as Caltech women's basketball fell to the University of Redlands, 58-35, on Thursday night.
Redlands held a 10-point lead by halftime and ran past a winded Beavers squad in the second half to improve to 5-6 overall and 2-0 in the SCIAC, while Caltech drops to 2-9 (0-2).
Senior Stephanie Wong (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) scored off the opening tip but Redlands jumped out to a 10-2 lead by the 3:40 mark. Each team hit a two-pointer and trey in the final two minutes for a 15-7 Redlands lead at the first break. An impressive defensive display on both sides marked the beginning of the second quarter, with neither team able to beat the other over the first five minutes. The Bulldogs broke through with two jumpers to go ahead by 12, but Wong knocked down a three-pointer coming out of a Beavers timeout to pull back within single digits, a margin which almost held until a late Redlands jumper made it 24-14 at the half.
Lewis hit a pair of free throws to start the second half and later canceled out a Redlands jumper with a layup to keep it an eight-point game, but the Bulldogs began to pull away slowly. After the visitors went back up by 12, Wong sank another trifecta to trim the deficit to nine. That would be the last time the margin sat in single digits, with Caltech hanging as close as 12 with 1:05 left in the third quarter before Redlands took control and cruised to the victory.
Lewis led the Beavers with 13 points and 10 rebounds while Wong chipped in 11 with a trio of three-pointers. Junior Michelle Wong (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) dished out four assists against just two turnovers to go with seven points and freshman Madeline Schemel (Westport, Conn. / Staples) blocked two shots.
Head Coach Sandra Marbut and the Beavers will take on Occidental College (3-8, 0-3) in Eagle Rock on Saturday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. following the men's game. Video and livestats will be available here.