Photo by Bob Paz
ST. BONIFACIUS, Minn. (Dec. 30, 2015) – The Caltech women's basketball team scored a program-record 98 points in a commanding victory over Crossroads College, 98-44, on Wednesday evening to cap the Beavers' two-game Minnesota trip.
Caltech's 98 points were its most since scoring 83 against Arizona Christian College in 2011, while the Beavers' 27 assists, 37 field goals and 19 rebounds against also set new marks. Caltech outshot Crossroads 53-33 percent from the field, 36-25 from beyond the arc and 73-0 from the free throw line while recording a +39 rebound margin and outscoring Crossroads 50-12 in the paint.
Freshman Elizabeth Eiden (White Plains, N.Y. / Holy Child) led the team with 25 points on 9-of-10 shooting to complete a breakout two-game trip in which she averaged 21.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 block while shooting 74 percent from the field. Junior Kate Lewis (San Antonio, Texas / Ronald Reagan) posted her fourth double-double of the season with 22 points and 13 rebounds, adding seven assists and three steals. Junior Michelle Wong (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) poured in 20 points, hitting five three-pointers on nine attempts, and rounded out her line with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Senior Stephanie Wong (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) chipped in 16 points and freshman Nika Haleftiras (San Diego, Calif. / Our Lady of Peace) netted 13 with seven boards, five assists and two steals. Freshmen Madeline Schemel (Westport, Conn. / Staples) and Madelyn Stroder (Springfield, Mo. / Greenwood Laboratory) came off the bench to provide eight and four rebounds, respectively, with each also notching an assist and steal.
Caltech improves to 2-6 on the season with one non-conference game remaining, while Crossroads falls to 0-9.
The Beavers asserted themselves immediately, forcing four turnovers and building up a 10-0 lead in the opening 2:16. That margin extended to 23 as Caltech led 27-4 after the first quarter behind 10 points from Eiden.
Crossroads mustered a short burst of points with seven on consecutive possessions early in the second quarter but Caltech easily kept pace, eventually holding a 47-21 lead at halftime thanks in large part to eight points and four rebounds in just six minutes. Stephanie Wong fueled the Beavers in the third quarter with nine points in just seven minutes and Eiden bookended the game with another elite quarter, netting 10 as Caltech posted the 54-point victory.
Head Coach Sandra Marbut and the Beavers will head to La Sierra University for a 6 p.m. tipoff on Saturday, Jan. 2.