PASADENA -- For the second time in three days, the Caltech women's basketball team brought energy to all four quarters against an unfamiliar foe.
Also for the second time in three days, freshman guard Samantha D'Costa (San Jose, Calif. / St. Francis) led the Beavers in scoring in a close loss that was competitive for the game's entirety. This time, D'Costa set a personal best with 19 points and came one rebound short of the first double-double of her college career. Nine of her points came in the third quarter.
Almost as important as D'Costa's 19 points was her efficiency from the free throw line. The freshman made all four of her attempted free throws. D'Costa also filled the stat sheet with three assists, one steal and committed two fewer turnovers than she did in the Beavers' home opener against Benedictine-Mesa.
Senior captain Kate Lewis (San Antonio, Texas / Ronald Reagan) factored once again inside for the Beavers and scored 11 points to go with six rebounds, though she fouled out late in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Elizabeth Eiden (White Plains, N.Y. / Holy Child) led the home side with three blocks and fellow six-foot-plus sophomore Madeline Schemel (Westport, Conn. / Staples) had two blocks to go with eight points and four rebounds.
Caltech outshot its opponent from short range for a second game in a row, but lost the battle from beyond the perimeter, which ultimately proved to be the deciding factor in a game in which the Beavers took a 10-3 lead into the second quarter.
Head Coach Sandra Marbut and the 0-2 Beavers will be looking for their first win of 2016 when they take on Macalester College at the Occidental-hosted Caltech-Oxy Fall Classic on Black Friday.