Photo: Noelle Davis
PASADENA (Jan. 19, 2019) – Senior center Elizabeth Eiden (White Plains, N.Y. / Holy Child) of the Caltech women's basketball team posted a huge all-around stat line when the Beavers rematched Pomona-Pitzer Colleges in the annual Orange Out game on Saturday.
The senior picked up 23 points to lead all players to go along with 10 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season. Eiden also had one of the most efficient shooting days of her career, going 11-for-16 from the field while utilizing her size to maximize short-range opportunities. Defensively, the center was every bit as good leading all players with three blocks to move her career total to 199. When Eiden (who already has more blocks than anyone in the history of the women's basketball program) hits the 200, she will become the first player in Caltech history to reach the milestone.
Caltech impressed its fans early with a 24-point first quarter and entered the half trailing the first-place Sagehens by just three points. Although the visitors began to find a rhythm following Caltech's successful first frame, junior guard Grace Peng (San Ramon, Calif. / California) provided the Beavers with a steadying presence at point guard, dumping 16 points of her own including nine in the first half in addition to three steals across all four quarters. Classmate Samantha D'Costa (San Jose, Calif. / St. Francis) helped the home team's perimeter defense as well and chipped in off the bench with eight points, five assists, and four rebounds. Eventually, a Peng jump shot tied the game at 63 with just over four minutes to go and the Beavers trailed by as little as two points with just over 90 seconds left in regulation. Caltech rattled off some quick fouls with the hopes of getting the ball back in a one-possession game but the visiting Sagehens knocked down all but one free throw down the stretch. Senior guard Nika Haleftiras (San Diego, Calif. / Our Lady of Peace) also had another nice game with nine points and four assists to put her over 200 on her career. The senior now needs just two more assists to become the all-time program leader.
Head Coach Bridgette Reyes and the Beavers will finish up their recent homestand on Wednesday, Jan. 23, when they rematch the University of St. Katherine.