The University of Redlands women's basketball team traveled to Pasadena on Wednesday to take on the Caltech Beavers in a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) showdown. Following a slight first-quarter deficit, the team rallied behind junior guard Allison Siksnus' (Placentia, CA) career-high 19 points to win by a final score of 58-44.
In the first quarter, the team struggled to find an offensive rhythm, as Caltech matched the score point for point and eventually forced Redlands into a slight 16-19 deficit.
Only 22 seconds into the second quarter, Siksnus hit a huge trey-ball to tie up the game at 19-apiece. A few minutes later, Siknsus converted a pair of free-throws for the Bulldogs' two-point lead.
In the final 5:52, Redlands turned up the heat and went on a 9-3 run to close out the second stanza. Starting the offensive spurt, freshman guard Mariana Ecija (San Diego, CA) drained a three off a nice pass from freshman guard Cassandra Lacey (Victorville, CA). On the Bulldogs' ensuing possession, junior guard Caitlyn Dixon (Seattle, WA) knocked down a jumper off of another Lacey assist. Junior forward Reyna Ta'amu (Lakewood, CA) soon followed suit with a quick lay-up off the hands of Dixon, before sophomore guard Mandy Silver (Scotts Valley, CA) added a jumper of her own to cap off the run and send the Bulldogs into the locker room up by a score of 30-22.
Redlands continued to roll in the third quarter, with Ta'amu, Siksnus, M. Silver, and junior guard Courtney Chen (La Canada, CA) combining for the first 10 points. Despite a better shooting effort by the Beavers, the Bulldogs kept them at bay with a well-rounded offense of their own. Senior guard Sydney Bennett (Agoura Hills, CA) extended Redlands' lead to 47-34 with 12 seconds left in the frame.
Amidst some missed Redlands' shots in the fourth, the team hauled in three offensive rebounds for an eventual Lacey jumper. Senior guard Selena Iriarte (Wilmington, CA) came up with two of the rebounds, while Bennett snagged one.
The Bulldogs maintained their double-digit advantage through the final whistle, as Siksnus ended the game on a lay-up with 53 seconds left on the clock to propel the team to a 58-44 victory.
Siksnus registered a career-high 19 points and seven rebounds. Ta'amu added 10 rebounds, seven of which were on the offensive end.
Redlands (5-8, 2-2 SCIAC) strives to continue rolling through conference play when it hosts Pomona-Pitzer Colleges on Saturday, January 14. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. in Currier Gym.