LOS ANGELES – Occidental broke open a tight game with a second half scoring run as they posted a 65-45 win over Caltech.
Both teams struggled to find the bottom of the net in the defensive affair. Occidental went 20-for-64 (31.3 percent) from the floor while the Beavers connected on 15 of their 60 field goal attempts (25 percent). While each team had their fair share of shooting woes, the home team held a 7-2 advantage in three-pointers made. The Tigers made 18 foul shots (out of 25 opportunities) while Caltech connected on 13 of their 16 attempts.
A majority of the first half was a back-and-forth contest until Occidental slowly nudged in front. Both teams held leads in the opening minutes then over the last 2:14 of the stanza the game's momentum swung toward the Tigers. Holding a 19-15 lead, Occidental proceeded to score the next 10 points as they went up 29-15 with just over 90 ticks left until halftime. The Beavers reeled off seven of the next nine points and found themselves down 30-22 at intermission.
Coming out of the locker room, Caltech scored five of the first seven points as they trailed by just five at 32-27 less than 2:30 into the period. After an Occidental timeout, the home team put the game's energy in their favor.
The Tigers went on a 17-5 scoring spree to go in front 49-31. During that critical spurt, Caltech was held to two field goals while they turned the ball over eight times. Conversely, the Tigers made six field goals, including two from behind the arc, and didn't commit one turnover. The home team was able to keep the Beavers at arms length the rest of the evening.
Caltech crashed the boards well as they posted a 50-44 rebounding edge. Bridget Connor led the way for the Beavers as the junior grabbed a game high 10.
On the offensive end Stephanie Wong recorded a game high 18 points in 30 minutes of action. The sophomore hit five field goals and went a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. Kate Lewis continued to fight her way back after missing a handful of games in the middle the season. Starting her first game in 2014, the first-year scored eight points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Elizabeth Messick had a team best 10 points to pace the Occidental effort.