LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Nov. 29, 2014) – Junior Stephanie Wong (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) finally found her stride, nailing four three-pointers on her way to a team-high 16 points and eight rebounds as the Caltech women's basketball team hosted East Texas Baptist University in the Caltech-Occidental Fall Classic at Occidental College on Saturday afternoon.
"Stephanie did a great job shooting today," Head Coach Sandra Marbut said. "When you consider the major adjustment Kate had to make down low against their 6-6 center, Stephanie's hot hand was exactly what we needed tonight."
The Wildcats pulled ahead early and that made the difference as the Beavers matched them nearly point-for-point in the second half, ultimately falling 76-57. ETBU improves to 3-1 while Caltech is now 0-5.
"We just gave up too many points on turnovers to make it a close game down the stretch today," Marbut said. "I was happy to see the second half surge we made, which certainly made them work hard to take away that win. Combined with the drastic size disadvantage we had down low, we stayed in the game well."
ETBU scored the first five points of the game and built up their lead to as much as 19 with 4:21 left in the half. Behind by 16 at the break, Caltech began to rally in the second half, pulling within 10 at 45-35 after the first five minutes. The Wildcats were able to stretch their lead back out to a game-high 22 points at the 5:57 mark, but the Beavers brought the final margin back down to 19 by the final whistle.
Wong led the Beavers with 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting (4-of-9 beyond the arc) and completed an all-around line with eight rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block. Sophomore Kate Lewis (San Antonio, Texas / Ronald Reagan) followed up her three straight 20-point efforts with another day in double figures, scoring 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting, while sophomore Michelle Wong (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) added seven points, four rebounds and a team-high four assists.
"I am happy with how players are stepping up to score," Marbut said. "Playing with just eight means we need everyone involved every moment of the game. Everyone is exposed and it forces them to step up and contribute every night."
Marbut and the Beavers will return to the court on Saturday, Dec. 6 as they host Lewis & Clark College (1-3) at 4 p.m.