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REDLANDS, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2017) – Senior Kate Lewis (San Antonio, Texas / Ronald Reagan) and freshman Grace Peng (San Ramon, Calif. / California) combined to score 29 points in a 53-38 Caltech women's basketball loss at University of Redlands on Saturday evening.
It was all Lewis and Peng could do to keep it tight, scoring the Beavers' first 21 points of the game and finishing with 76 percent of the team's total production. With the already thin Beavers roster also down second-leading scorer Samantha D'Costa (San Jose, Calif. / St. Francis) for the night, the visitors did well to keep pace midway through the third quarter before Redlands ran off 10 unanswered points over a seven-minute Caltech scoreless stretch.
Caltech trailed by seven just seconds before the end of the first quarter, but came back to make it 15-13 halfway through the second quarter. The Beavers would not allow the Bulldogs to go up by more than four over the next eight minutes, finally tying the game at 23-23 when sophomore Elizabeth Eiden (White Plains, N.Y. / Holy Child), who limited the Bulldogs' post playerstoamere seven points thanks to her imposing presence inside, chipped in the first points from anyone other than Lewis and Peng. Sophomore Madeline Schemel (Westport, Conn. / Staples) tied it again at 25-25 soon after and Lewis and Peng each tied it again, the latter at 29-29 with 5:10 left in the third quarter before Redlands took control and cruised to the win.
Lewis led the squad with 16 points and just missed what would have been her eighth double-double of the season with nine rebounds, while Peng dropped 13 for her seventh game in the last eight scoring in double figures. Schemel added six and Eiden blocked three shots, giving her multiple blocks in six of her last seven games.
Head Coach Sandra Marbut and the Beavers host Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (12-7 overall, 8-2 SCIAC) on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.