PASADENA, Calif. – Knocking down shots from everywhere on the floor, Linfield got anything it wanted offensively in a landslide 85-55 victory over host Cal Tech Wednesday evening inside Braun Athletic Center.
The Wildcats (2-4) shot 51.6 percent from the field, including 44.4 percent from 3-point range, and 70.8 percent from the free throw line en route to a second straight win after an 0-4 start to the year.
Four players – two starters and two reserves – scored in double digits for the visitors. Junior Katelyn Henson paced Linfield with 16 points, while senior Kaely Maltman added a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Riley Graham (Sr., Scio, Ore.) scored a career-high 15 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field, and Kaleigh Phillips added 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting.
Cal Tech's Bridget Connor led all played with 19 points. Teammate Michelle Wong added 10 and Kate Lewis hauled in 10 rebounds to go along with eight points for the Beavers, who dropped their season opener.
Getting to the charity stripe early and often, Linfield scored 12 points – half on free throws – before Cal Tech lit up the scoreboard. By the time Phillips scored on a lay-up at the 10:05 mark of the opening half, the Wildcats already held a sizeable advantage, 22-5, but kept the foot on the gas.
Defensively, the ‘Cats limited the Beavers to just seven field goals over the opening 20 minutes on their way to a 46-19 halftime lead. About the only way Cal Tech found success was through second-chance points, of which the Beavers had 11 by halftime and 20 for the game.
Cal Tech played Linfield much more even after intermission, but by then the damage had been done. Quincey Gibson (Sr., Issaquah, Wash.) and Connor twice traded buckets to start the second half, but the Wildcats slowly inched further out of reach, opening up a 35-point lead with 11:10 to play.
Wong and Conner – and Kristin Anderson on the glass – keyed a 12-3 run that pulled the Beavers to within 24. The Wildcats, however, shots 5-for-10 down the stretch, and knocked down five free throws, to preserve the 30-point victory.
Ten different players scored for Linfield, including sisters Jessica McMillan and Grace McMillan each with six points and Annalise Beshears (Sr., Beaverton, Ore.) with five.
AHEAD: Linfield returns home and has a week and a half to prepare for the Northwest Conference opener at George Fox Friday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m.