REDLANDS, Calif. (Jan. 6, 2017) – Sophomore guards Grace Peng (San Ramon, Calif. / California) and Samantha D'Costa (San Jose, Calif. / St. Francis) once again fronted the effort for the Caltech women's basketball team against the University of Redlands on Saturday afternoon in a game where the Beavers led as late as 37 minutes into the contest.
Peng boosted the Beavers with 17 points, four steals, and three assists in addition to knocking down the team's only three-pointer of the game, which cut into a six-point Bulldogs lead in the third quarter. D'Costa posted similar numbers, leading Caltech with 18 points to go along with four rebounds and two steals. Both Peng and junior guard Nika Haleftiras (San Diego, Calif. / Our Lady of Peace) played the entire game for the Beavers as part of a backcourt dominant gameplan to counter the Bulldogs' strength in the frontcourt.
Caltech found some success with its trapping defense in the second quarter, giving up just six points to the home team over the second set of 10 minutes. The game never got too out of control one way or the other as neither team led by more than seven points. The visitors appeared to establish control late, just as they did at Pomona-Pitzer Colleges earlier in the week. The two teams traded leads late until junior center Elizabeth Eiden (White Plains, N.Y. / Holy Child) connected on a jumper from Haleftiras before Haleftiras finished on a layup of her own to put Caltech up four with just over two minutes remaining. The Bulldogs, utilizing their strong frontcourt presence and deep bench found a way back into the game but the Beavers should come away from the contest with a little extra confidence heading into their rematch in Pasadena on Feb. 10.
Head Coach Bridgette Reyes and the Beavers will return home for their next two games and will host the University of La Verne on Wednesday, Jan. 10.