PASADENA, Calif. – In the highest scoring game in Caltech history, Arizona Christian came away with a 140-83 win on Monday evening in a non-conference women's basketball match-up.
The 83 points scored by the Beavers breaks the previous school mark of 80 set on Jan. 3, 2007 against Southwestern College. Caltech knocked down 31 made field goals; tying the school mark set on Jan. 9, 1999 against American Indian College.
Leading the offensive effort was sophomore Rachel Hess. The guard scored a Caltech (0-4) record and game high 36 points to eclipse the previous school record mark of 33 points set by Lindsay King on Jan. 5, 2005 against Southwestern College. Hess was 13-of-29 from the field and 10-of-11 from the foul line during her record breaking evening.
The frenetically paced game started well for the Beavers as they held a 16-8 lead just past the game's five minute mark. Neither team held a lead larger than five points over the next several minutes. With the scored knotted at 27-27 with 9:59 left until halftime, the Arizona Christian (4-9) defensive pressure helped swing all the game's momentum into the visitor's favor.
Using a full court press, the Firestorm finished the half on a 45-16 scoring spurt in taking a 72-44 lead into the locker room. In the opening stanza the Firestorm held a 25-8 edge in points off turnovers.
The story was much the same during the second 20 minutes of action. Arizona Christian didn't back off their pressing defense as they grew their lead to as big as 57 points en route to the victory.
In addition to Hess' recording breaking effort, the Beavers had three players post double-doubles. Marlyn Moore scored a career high 21 points with grabbing a personal best 11 rebounds. Teri Juarez chipped in a 12-point, 12-rebound effort while Bridget Connor added career bests in points (10) and rebounds (12) during the game.
Arizona Christian had six players score in double figures led by Sarah Beth Hock's 35-point evening. The first year player also grabbed a game high 16 rebounds. As a team the Firestorm went 55-for-127 from the field including a 15-for-54 effort from beyond the arc. They grabbed 72 rebounds; of which 43 came on the offensive end in giving them a 45-20 advantage in second chance points.