LOS ANGELES – Freshman Samantha D'Costa (San Jose, Calif. / St. Francis) and senior Kate Lewis (San Antonio, Texas / Ronald Reagan) maintained their perfect season-opening streaks of scoring in double figures with a pair of 14-point outputs in Caltech women's basketball's 58-50 defeat to Macalester College on Friday in the Caltech-Oxy Fall Classic.
Lewis just missed a second double-double with eight rebounds, while D'Costa posted what is quickly becoming a typical all-around line of four boards, three steals and two assists. As a team, the Beavers also recorded their third straight game shooting better than 70 percent from the free throw line and forced three more turnovers than they committed, but were narrowly outshot from the field and crushed on the boards, 51-31, which led to an additional 13 shots for the visitors.
Lewis scored the first basket of the game and proceeded to net all six of the Beavers' points over the first six minutes. A four-minute dry spell for Caltech saw Macalester stretch out to a six-point lead just before the end of the quarter, when sophomore Madeline Schemel (Westport, Conn. / Staples) sank a free throw to make it 12-7 Scots at the first break.
D'Costa drilled a three-pointer on the first possession of the second quarter, then came up with a steal and dish to Schemel to tie the game at 12-12. A Macalester trey once again staked the Scots to the lead, and this time they held it until the fourth quarter, although the Beavers threatened to flip the script a number of times prior to that. Caltech trimmed a seven-point deficit in the second quarter to just two by halftime at 26-24, then hung within four points throughout the third quarter and finally clawed all the way back to tie it again at 40-40 early in the fourth. The foes traded buckets for the ensuing three minutes until Macalester surged ahead by five with 5:49 remaining and eventually extended it to the game-high final of eight to claim the victory.
Head Coach Sandra Marbut and the Beavers host St. Olaf College (1-1) at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26 on Day Two of the Caltech-Oxy Fall Classic.