EAGLE ROCK, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2018) – Junior center Elizabeth Eiden (White Plains, N.Y. / Holy Child) proved difficult to stop and perhaps just as difficult to score on when the Caltech women's basketball team traveled to Occidental College on Wednesday evening.
Eiden played the entire game and went a selective 9-for-13 from the field en route to 20 points and eight rebounds. She also tied a school record with seven blocks to further cement her status as one of the SCIAC's premier shot blockers. The center maintained a consistent presence throughout the game, logging six points in each of the first three quarter as well as two blocks in each of those quarters. Eiden recieved support from sophomore guards Samantha D'Costa (San Jose, Calif. / St. Francis) and Grace Peng (San Ramon, Calif. / California). Both players joined Eiden in double-figures with D'Costa scoring 17 points while Peng gathered 12 points. Juniors Nika Haleftiras (San Diego, Calif. / Our Lady of Peace) and Madeline Schemel (Westport, Conn. / Staples) rounded out the starting lineup and distributed nine of the Beavers' 11 assists.
Caltech once again showed it could hang with the likes of a team like Oxy and led after each of the first three quarters, outscoring the home team in every stretch. Over that span, the Tigers had few answers for Eiden's size and presence, as the junior scored 18 of her 20 points between the first three quarters to pace the visitors. The third quarter turned out to be the Beavers' strongest defensively and while they took just 11 shots, they executed on five of them and found success in getting to the free throw line. By third quarters' end, Caltech led Oxy, 47-37, before the Tigers began to make moves in the fourth quarter.
Head Coach Bridgette Reyes and the Beavers will begin their stretch run when they host the University of Redlands on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m.