Photo: Noelle Davis
PASADENA (Jan. 16, 2019) – The Caltech women's basketball team put forth an admirable effort against the defending SCIAC champion Chapman University Panthers, even coming away with a first-quarter lead in Wednesday's conference game.
The Beavers had their greatest moments when they rebounded the basketball. Junior guard Samantha D'Costa (San Jose, Calif. / St. Francis) and senior center Elizabeth Eiden (White Plains, N.Y. / Holy Child) each came on rebound away from hitting double-figures, though senior forward Madeline Schemel (Westport, Conn. / Staples) managed to do so in one of her best games ever on the two-way glass. Half of Schemel's rebounds came on the offensive end, and the senior also chipped in with six points. With Wednesday's effort, Schemel is now 40 rebounds away from hitting 500 on her career.
Caltech's fast start came thanks to early dominance from Eiden, who closed the first frame with seven points, a successful and-1 and three of her nine rebounds. She went on to finish the game with nine points. Junior Grace Peng (San Ramon, Calif. / California) led Caltech with 14 points and made all four of her free throws. Turnovers ultimately caught up with the Beavers, though the defense led by senior guard Nika Haleftiras (San Diego, Calif. / Our Lady of Peace) stifled Chapman's reigning SCIAC Player of the Year early on, holding the junior to just two first-quarter field goals. Haleftiras also had a standout passing night with a team-best five assists. Meanwhile, Eiden moved two blocks closer to 200 on her career and is now just four away from becoming the first Caltech women's player to ever reach the milestone.
Head Coach Bridgette Reyes and the Beavers will be back in Braun Gymnasium on Saturday, Jan. 19 to host Pomona-Pitzer Colleges in the annual Orange Out game.