CLAREMONT, Calif. (Feb. 23, 2016) – Junior Kate Lewis (San Antonio, Texas / Ronald Reagan) and freshman Madeline Schemel (Westport, Conn. / Staples) closed out the 2015-16 season with double-doubles and senior Stephanie Wong (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) finished her Caltech women's basketball career with 1,333 points as the Beavers fell at Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, 74-65, on Tuesday night.
Lewis recorded 14 points and 14 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the season while Schemel posted 12 and 12 for her first career double-double, with the pair also combining to dish out six assists. Wong dropped 14 points, including four three-pointers, while junior Michelle Wong (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) and freshman Elizabeth Eiden (White Plains, N.Y. / Holy Child) added 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Caltech hung close early as the Sagehens could not separate by more than one possession through the opening nine minutes. With the score tied at 13-13, however, Pomona-Pitzer converted back-to-back and-one opportunities to jump ahead by six before a late jumper by freshman Nika Haleftiras (San Diego, Calif. / Our Lady of Peace) cut the margin to four at the first break.
Wong immediately canned a three-pointer to start the second quarter and make it a one-point game. Three consecutive baskets from the Sagehens' Amelia Hummel stretched the hosts' lead out to seven and, although another Wong trey briefly trimmed it back to four, eight unanswered points in the final 2:24 saw Pomona-Pitzer take a 13-point advantage into halftime at 38-25.
The Beavers threatened to cut the deficit to single digits throughout the third quarter and finally did on the first basket of the second half. The Sagehens seemingly could not miss, however, draining 11 points in a two-minute span to surge back ahead by 16 before some late baskets down the stretch from Caltech shaved it to the final margin of nine.
Along with Stephanie Wong becoming the program's all-time leading scorer, the Beavers finished the season with a number of noteworthy team and individual achievements. The squad set new team marks for three-pointers made in a season (99) and field goal percentage (.359). Individually, Wong enters the record books as the career leader in points per game (13.7), free throw percentage (.698), field goals made (441) and three-pointers made (231), as well as the single-season mark for three-pointers made (68) and single-game record for three-pointers made (seven – twice). Lewis broke the career double-doubles record midway through the season, finishing with 22, and beat her own single-season mark for free throws made by one (91).