LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Jan. 21, 2015) – Sophomore Kate Lewis (San Antonio, Texas / Ronald Reagan) put together her SCIAC-leading fifth double-double of the season as a dominant second half by the Caltech women's basketball team was not enough to overcome a slow start at rival Occidental College on Wednesday night.
Lewis posted game highs in both points (18) and rebounds (11) for her 20th career game scoring in double figures and 10th in rebounds as the Beavers held their opponent to a season-low 58 points but an early surge propelled the Tigers to victory, 58-47. Oxy improves to 3-12 overall and earns its first SCIAC win to move to 1-5, while Caltech drops to 0-17 (0-8).
Oxy scored the first eight points of the game over the opening 3:25 and flirted with a double-figure margin most of the half before surging ahead to a game-high lead of 22 at 42-20 early in the second half. The Beavers would post a +11 scoring margin over the final 17 minutes of play, however, with Lewis recording two-thirds of her total production and the Beavers committing a mere four turnovers over that stretch.
Junior Stephanie Wong (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) reached double figures for the fourth straight game with 10 points, adding three assists and three steals, while junior Kristin Anderson (Folsom, Calif. / St. Francis) chipped in nine points and seven rebounds in just 19 minutes. Sophomore Michelle Wong (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) added a team-high four assists and three steals along with hitting the Beavers' lone three-pointer.
"Our sophomores stepped up tonight to provide leadership and grit when we needed it most," Head Coach Sandra Marbut said. "Both Kate and Michelle did exactly what we needed them to and really did it with great resilience. They just got determined and took over our charge, getting us back onto Oxy's heels late."
Marbut and the Beavers will head to the University of La Verne (7-9, 4-3) on Saturday, Jan. 24 for a 2 p.m. matchup.