PASADENA (Dec. 20, 2018) – Caltech women's basketball earned a record fifth non-conference win of the season courtesy of a career game from senior Elizabeth Eiden (White Plains, N.Y. / Holy Child) on Thursday afternoon.
Eiden had as dominant a game as any Beaver ever has with 24 points on 11-of-14 shooting and 20 rebounds, along with three blocks, three assists and a steal without committing a single turnover. On the season, the center has upped her shooting percentage by nearly 10 percent and is averaging 5.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 more assists per game than her breakout junior year.
The Beavers threatened to pull away late in the second quarter in what had been a tightly contested game, taking a six-point lead at 34-28 before the Warriors fought back within one by halftime. The visitors appeared more in control during the third quarter and led by two possessions early in the fourth, but Caltech finally hit its full stride down the stretch to record the 11-point victory.
As a team, Caltech outshot Life Pacific 42-31 percent and rode a sterling 2.3:1 assist-to-turnover ratio to the ultimately decisive win. Senor Nika Haleftiras (San Diego, Calif. / Our Lady of Peace) chipped in three steals and 11 points, with all three made baskets via the three-ball, while junior Grace Peng (San Ramon, Calif. / California) added 12 and tied classmate Samantha D'Costa (San Jose, Calif. / St. Francis) with five assists.
Head Coach Bridgette Reyes and the Beavers (5-5 overall, 0-2 SCIAC) are back in action in the New Year when they head to the University of Redlands (2-8, 0-4) on Jan. 2.