PASADENA, Calif. (Dec. 16, 2014) – Junior Stephanie Wong (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) recorded her first 20-point game of the season to lead the Caltech women's basketball team against a deep and versatile University of Redlands in SCIAC matchup on Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs built up a 17-point lead at halftime and stretched it out to a 71-49 victory to improve to 3-4 overall and start SCIAC play at 1-0, while the Beavers are now 0-9 (0-2).
"We put as much as we had out on the court tonight," Head Coach Sandra Marbut said. "We played in streaks, some good and some not so much, and have some tuning up to do. When we moved the ball well and found our shot, it worked well – we need to do a better job executing more consistently."
Sophomore Kate Lewis (San Antonio, Texas / Ronald Reagan) got things started with a pair of free throws to take a 2-0 lead and made it 4-2 on a layup with 16:33 on the clock, but Redlands was quick to get on track as Caitlin Ciardella drilled back-to-back three-pointers. A 14-2 run put the Bulldogs up by 14 with 9:36 left before the break, and extended it to 17 by halftime.
Redlands went ahead by as many as 27 points midway through the second half, but some late heroics by the elder Wong and her sister, Michelle Wong (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula), saw the Beavers trim the deficit back to 22 by the final whistle.
Wong's 20 points came on 7-of-15 shooting (3-of-7 from long range) while Lewis added 13 points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal. Junior Kristin Anderson (Folsom, Calif. / St. Francis) added eight points on 2-of-3 shooting (4-4 on free throws) and grabbed a team-high six rebounds, while Michelle Wong chipped in with two assists and a team-high three steals. Senior Bridget Connor (Albuquerque, N.M. / Albuquerque Academy) and sophomore Mary Boyajian (Sun Valley, Calif. / Village Christian) dished out three assists and made two steals apiece.
"We talked at the half and made a significant improvement in our shot selection," Marbut said. "Stephanie got aggressive when she felt her shot was on, and Kate continues to be a force in the middle even when she has to work against different styles of defense accounting specifically for her. Kristin keeps providing a consistent force on the boards, quietly getting us valuable second chances, and we know we can rely on her for that."
Marbut and the Beavers will enjoy a 13-day break before returning to action as hosts to the Milwaukee School of Engineering on Monday, Dec. 29 at 5 p.m.