ORANGE, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2017) – Freshman Alexa Lauinger (Ortonville, Mich. / Brandon) put forth a solid showing in Caltech's women's basketball loss to first-place Chapman University on Saturday.
The freshman forward came two rebounds away from a double-double and finished the game with 11 points and eight rebounds in just 19 minutes of playing time. She also added one assist and one steal. Lauinger had no first half points but came to life at the tail end of the third quarter when she hit a jump shot with 52 seconds left and then got to the basket with 19 seconds left to finish a layup and knock down the ensuing free throw to complete the three-point play. The rest of her points came in the fourth quarter.
Freshman guard Samantha D'Costa (San Jose, Calif. / St. Francis) shot over 50-percent from the field and led the team with 18 points having played in nearly the entire game. She also connected on two three-pointers and pulled down six rebounds to make up another solid all-around stat line. Backcourt running mate and fellow freshman Grace Peng (San Ramon, Calif. / California) scored 10 points to go with three steals. Peng, who is third in the nation in minutes per game, played the entire game.
While the Beavers have set positive tones against the SCIAC's top teams typically in the first quarter, Chapman got to Caltech early and held the Beavers to just four points in the final six minutes, 40 seconds of the first quarter. Caltech, however had its best success in the second half when it posted 20 points in the third quarter and then 17 points in the fourth quarter as the Panthers outscored the Beavers by just one point between the final two quarters. Lauinger and even D'Costa (13 second half points) did the majority of their damage within this time frame and though the Beavers did shoot just over 43-percent from the field as a team, the Panthers went 9-of-18 from three to put Caltech away.
Head Coach Sandra Marbut and the Beavers will return at home when they take on University of La Verne on Wednesday at 7 p.m. It will be a rematch of last month's quadruple overtime thriller.