LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2019) – Senior center Elizabeth Eiden (White Plains, N.Y. / Holy Child) ended her career on a high note, becoming the first Caltech women's basketball player ever to be named to First Team All-SCIAC on Wednesday. Junior guard Grace Peng (San Ramon, Calif. / California) added to her conference accolades as well, being named to Second Team All-SCIAC for the second consecutive season.
Eiden earned the honor with the stellar statistical season she provided for both herself and her team. The senior concluded the year as the SCIAC's leading rebounder (10.8), shooter (60.1 percent), shot blocker (3.0) and fourth-leading scorer (16.3). Eiden finished 2019 as one of just two players in the conference to average a double-double per game and over the course of her four-year career developed into one of the SCIAC's most dominant players. Eiden also rewrote the record books this season, becoming the first Caltech basketball player (men's or women's) to achieve at least 200 blocks in a career (227 total) and set records in field goal percentage in both a season and career (51.5 percent), double-doubles in a season (15), field goals in a season (179), defensive rebounds in a season (194) and broke her own record for blocks in a season (75).
Peng joined the Beavers two SCIAC games into the season but ended up fourth in conference scoring (15.4), conference assists (2.9) and third in three-point shooting percentage (43.3 percent). The junior contributed in multiple ways to Caltech's record-setting 2018-19 season and will be called upon to lead next year's team. This year marked the first time Caltech women's basketball has won double-digit games, and the Beavers took home more conference wins (four) than ever before, matching last year's overall finish in the standings.