CLAREMONT, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2019) – The Caltech women's basketball finished strong in Saturday's game against first-place Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges, outscoring the Athenas, 21-14, in the game's final quarter.
The Beavers once again received a dominant performance from senior center Elizabeth Eiden (White Plains, N.Y. / Holy Child), who delivered with a 24-point, 14-rebound evening and made two out of every three shots she attempted without turning the ball over a single time. The senior's paint presence proved to be Caltech's biggest difference-maker, as the Beavers outscored the Athenas, 26-16, with Eiden in the game. Over the previous three games, CMS had outscored its opponents a combined 102-28 in the paint, solidifying Eiden as one of the conference's premier presences underneath the basket on both ends of the floor. The center also added five more blocks to her record-setting career total and altered several more shots with her long reach. Classmate Madeline Schemel (Westport, Conn. / Staples) added a pair of blocks for the Beavers as well.
Caltech hung with one of the SCIAC's top teams in both shooting percentage and turnovers, as the Beavers' 13 giveaways came in below their season average, which is down significantly from last year's mark. The Athenas' proficiency on the offensive glass ultimately proved to be a difference-maker, though Caltech's 21 fourth-quarter points proved to be more than any team would score in any quarter of the game. Eiden scored half of her points in the final frame and senior guard Nika Haleftiras (San Diego, Calif. / Our Lady of Peace) earned two of her four assists in the period as well.
Head Coach Bridgette Reyes and the Beavers will finish their season with two games at home, beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 13 when they will seek retribution against the University of La Verne at 7 p.m.