Photo: Noelle Davis
ORANGE, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2019) – Senior forward Madeline Schemel (Westport, Conn. / Staples) became the ninth member of the women's basketball program (and second this year) to join the 500-rebound club Tuesday evening at Chapman University.
The senior joins frontcourt classmate Elizabeth Eiden (White Plains, N.Y. / Holy Child) as the second player from this year's team to earn the distinction. Schemel's six-rebound, six-point effort puts her at 502 for her career, good for ninth on the all-time list but now finds herself just three away from surpassing Krissy Dahl for eighth. Half of Schemel's rebounds came in the fourth quarter in a game where Caltech, looking for its fifth-consecutive win, actually led Chapman heading into the fourth quarter (47-46). Ironically and perhaps fittingly, the forward is averaging exactly six rebounds per game this season in what has been a career year for the senior on the glass.
The Beavers played the defending SCIAC Tournament champions tougher than ever before and ended up nearly going blow-for-blow with the Panthers in shooting percentage. Caltech especially excelled in the second quarter, where they outscored host Chapman, 22-17 thanks to five points each from junior guard Grace Peng (San Ramon, Calif. / California) and freshman guard Elaine Lin (Brea, Calif. / Troy), who ripped her only three of the game during that span. The visitors ended up just short of the Panthers in the rebounding department, but senior center Eiden had another standout game with 15 total rebounds and five blocks. Eiden is now five blocks away from setting a career-high and 36 boards away from breaking Lisa Yee's single-season rebounding record (273). Eiden will need to average 12 rebounds per game over Caltech's final three outings in order to claim another record in what has been a standout senior season.
Head Coach Bridgette Reyes and the Beavers will look to start a new streak to close out the year when they travel to first-place Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (10-1 SCIAC) on Saturday, Feb. 9 for a 5 p.m. game.