PASADENA, Calif. (Nov. 26, 2014) – Sophomore Kate Lewis (San Antonio, Texas / Ronald Reagan) recorded her second straight 24-point effort and first double-double of the season as the Caltech women's basketball team hosted Linfield College in the Beavers' home opener on Wednesday night.
"Kate is doing a tremendous job making the most of her game," Head Coach Sandra Marbut said. "She has scored well two games in a row and there is still plenty of room to hone her skills. That speaks to her talent and her focus."
The Wildcats built up an early lead and extended the margin to a final of 28 points in a 77-49 victory, improving to 4-2 while the Beavers drop to 0-3. Caltech shot an impressive 36.4 percent from long range and sank 71.4 percent from the charity stripe, but lost the assist-to-turnover battle (22:15 – 7:19).
"I saw some really great things tonight," Marbut said. "There was definite improvement from the first two games. Our players are learning completely new things because our thin roster necessitates some creativity to play to our strengths. We can see it starting to work, but it takes time. The progress we have already made is beyond what could have been expected, which is exciting!"
Linfield picked up the first points of the game nearly two minutes into play, but junior Stephanie Wong (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) nailed a three-pointer on the next possession to give Caltech the 3-2 edge. A 17-4 run allowed the Wildcats to surge ahead by 12 at 21-9 after seven minutes, and Linfield extended the margin to a high of 20 at halftime. Caltech was unable to chip away at the deficit in the second half, although junior Kristin Anderson (Folsom, Calif. / St. Francis) gave the crowd reason to cheer with a tip-in in the final second of play.
Lewis netted 24 points for the second consecutive game and added 13 rebounds, including seven on the offensive glass, to record her fourth career double-double and first of the 2014-15 season. Wong added 13 points on 3-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc to go along with six rebounds and four steals in just 26 minutes before fouling out.
"Stephanie to score for us even when she is not quite in her groove yet," Marbut said. "Everything is new this season, so she is finding her way within that. Steph is doing exactly what we need her to do and finding more ways to contribute."
Marbut and the Beavers will host the first day of the annual Caltech Oxy Classic on Friday, Nov. 28. Occidental College and East Texas Baptist University will square off at 1 p.m. before Caltech hosts UC Merced (2-4) at 3 p.m.