PASADENA (Feb. 3, 2018) – Junior center Elizabeth Eiden (White Plains, N.Y. / Holy Child) fronted a collaborative effort that allowed the Caltech women's basketball team to pick up a 67-45 victory over the University of St. Katherine's on Saturday afternoon. The victory marks the Beavers' second against the Firebirds this season.
Eiden scored 10 points and turned in one of her stronger rebounding games of the season to finish the game with 12 boards, hence picking up the double-double. The junior also found herself at the center of the Beavers' strong defensive effort, particularly early in the game when her team held the visiting Firebirds to just 13 first-half points. The center padded her season blocks total by adding two more on Saturday.
"We had a great start which I think lends itself to us sticking to our gameplan," Head Coach Bridgette Reyes said. "We brought the energy, intensity, and most importantly took pride on defense. I thought it translated on the offensive end as well, as we did a great job of crashing the offensive boards, moving the ball in our zone offense and sharing the ball with each other."
Eiden ended up being one of four Beavers to reach double-figures. Sophomore guard Grace Peng (San Ramon, Calif. / California) added another strong showing in a string of recent positive performances, leading Caltech with 15 points. Peng's defense ultimately proved to be the highlight of her day, however as she finished the game with seven steals, joining fellow sophomore guard Samantha D'Costa (San Jose, Calif. / St. Francis) as Beavers with seven-steal games this year. D'Costa, meanwhile posted a strong all-around line 12 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, four steals and two blocks. The fourth Beaver to hit double-figures, junior guard Nika Haleftiras (San Diego, Calif. / Our Lady of Peace), accomplished the feat with another strong game from deep. The junior went 3-for-5 from three, which led to a 13 point, three assist game. Sophomore forward Alexa Lauinger (Ortonville, Mich. / Brandon) also made contributions off the bench, with eight points and eight rebounds.
"It was nice for us to get contributions from all over our lineup," Reyes said. "I thought today was a step forward for our group as we continue to build the good habits and fundamentals as a team that will allow us to compete with the opposition on a regular basis."
The Beavers never trailed the Firebirds and ultimately won the game on the glass, outrebounding their opponent 50-38, while winning the battle in every metric. Strong steal numbers from D'Costa and Peng allowed the home team to gain a 13-21 edge over the visitors in the turnover battle, stymieing any chance of St. Katherine's working its way back into the game. The team assist numbers came as another strong point for Reyes' group, as they earned assists on 16 of 26 team field goals. The junior connection between Eiden and Haleftiras set an early tone for the Beavers as the latter assisted the former on the game's first offensive possession before Eiden pulled down a defensive rebound on the other side of the floor, proving to be a sign of things to come.
Reyes and the Beavers are set to rematch Occidental College in Eagle Rock on Feburary 7 at 7 p.m.