PASADENA (Jan. 31, 2018) – Sophomore guard Grace Peng (San Ramon, Calif. / California) got back to her scoring ways for Caltech against visiting Pomona-Pitzer Colleges in Wednesday's SCIAC women's basketball game.
Peng shot plus-50 percent from the field and paced the Beavers with 22 points for her first 20-point game in nearly a month. She also knocked down three three-pointers and helped her teammates with three assists and one block. While the sophomore's scoring did not vary greatly from one quarter to the next, her consistency was necessary for the Beavers to outscore the Sagehens, 14-10 in the third quarter, allowing the hosts to start the fourth quarter on an 8-2 run to take their first lead since the beginning of the game. Sophomore guard Samantha D'Costa (San Jose, Calif. / St. Francis) scored six of her team's eight points during the run and finished the game with 14 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Junior center Elizabeth Eiden (White Plains, N.Y. / Holy Child) kept the visitors on their toes with three blocks and also dumped in 10 points as the third Caltech player to reach double-figures.
The Beavers did end up winning the turnover battle by four turnovers and maintained a consistent paint presence with 26 points in the paint. Between the final two frames, Caltech's scoring run reached as high as 12-4 and provided the home team with enough offense to carry a lead as late into the fourth quarter as the final six and-a-half minutes.
Head Coach Bridgette Reyes and the Beavers will look to rebound against the University of St. Katherine's on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. The Beavers picked up a convincing win over the Firebirds back in December on a road trip to San Dimas.