PASADENA (Nov. 22, 2018) – The Caltech women's basketball team nearly made it 3-0 when they took on Carleton College at the UCSC Thanksgiving Classic, hosted by the University of California Santa Cruz.
Four Beavers finished the game in double-figures, including senior center Elizabeth Eiden (White Plains, N.Y. / Holy Child) and junior guard Samantha D'Costa (San Jose, Calif. / St. Francis). Both players double-doubled, with Eiden picking up 13 points and 11 rebounds and D'Costa leading scoring with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists, needing just two more to secure the rare triple-double. Eiden now sits at 501 rebounds on her career and will need just four more to surpass Krissy Dahl for eighth on the all-time list. The senior recently surpassed Dahl as the most prolific shot blocker in program history.
"I'm really excited for this accomplishment," Eiden said. "It's great to follow in the footsteps of players that I've looked up to during my time here."
Senior guard Nika Haleftiras (San Diego, Calif. / Our Lady of Peace) joined Eiden and D'Costa in double-figures and as the three Beavers to play the entire game while adding four assists. Sophomore forward Kali Drango (Lake Oswego, Ore. / Lake Oswego) also hit double-figures for the first time this season, scoring 11 points to go with four rebounds.
Caltech led Carleton, 29-24, at halftime and had success defensively, holding the Knights to just 5-of-21 shooting in the second quarter. The two teams traded momentum throughout the third and fourth quarters, with Caltech drawing back even with the Minnesota-based Knights thanks to a D'Costa three-pointer from Eiden with 5:17 remaining in regulation. D'Costa finished the night a perfect 2-for-2 from beyond the arc. Additionally, the Beavers narrowly outplayed the Knights by several metrics, including field goal percentage (37.5-36.5) and rebounding (46-45). Both teams had their best moments offensively in the third frame, where 50 of the game's combined 123 points were scored.
Head Coach Bridgette Reyes and the Beavers will return on Sunday to face Lewis & Clark College at 2 p.m. in a rematch of last year's thrilling double-overtime contest.