By: Crawford Taylor
The CMS Athenas improved to 13-7 overall and 7-2 in conference play after a 69-29 win over the Caltech Beavers in Ducey Gymnasium. With the win, the Athenas slide into sole possession of third place in the SCIAC and sit just a game back of Redlands and Occidental.
The Athenas were able to jump out to an early lead with steals and lay-ups. On several occasions, freshman guard Kimberly Scamman was able to capitalize on Beaver turnovers by connecting with fellow guard Kalika Tullock on the fast break. Scamman led all players in steals and assists, with four in each category. The Beavers struggled to get their offensive game going, especially in the post where senior captain, Jennifer Ringoen, towered over her opponents. In addition to her three blocks, Ringoen's presence forced the Beavers to take difficult shots and to pass the ball back to the outside. On 42% shooting, the Athenas took a 35-14 lead into the locker room at the half.
The second half unfolded in a similar fashion as the first. However, the Beavers had to face the additional obstacle of foul trouble. Two starters, Sarah Wright and Theresa Juarez, picked up three fouls early on and had to spend time on the bench. Both picked up their fourth soon after and had to play cautious the rest of the way.
The Athenas topped the Beavers in all statistical categories except for turnovers. Their most notable statistical achievement on the night was their 92% free throw shooting percentage, in which the Athenas were 11-of-12. Sophomore Shelby Barthold led all scorers with 10 points followed by senior Elissa Ronquillo with nine.
The Beavers were led by Juarez who finished the game with eight points and 11 rebounds.
The CMS Athenas hosts the Whittier Poets (6-14, 3-6 SCIAC) this Saturday February 4th at 5:00 pm.