CHICOPEE, Mass. – The Castleton University women's basketball team took the lead in the second quarter of its season opener and never looked back, holding Elms College scoreless in the third quarter in a 62-28 victory Tuesday night in a non-conference contest at Picknelly Arena.
Amanda Beatty shot 5-of-7 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line to lead all players with 17 points, while Makayla Farrara also reached double figures in scoring with 10 points. Taylor Raiche finished with nine points and a team-high 10 rebounds, Lindsay Sabo earned six points and five assists, and Ashlie Fay contributed six points, eight rebounds, and four steals.
Castleton jumped out to a 10-2 lead four minutes into the game, but Elms called a timeout and proceeded to finish the first quarter on an 11-2 scoring run. Kayla Aberdale picked up a steal and a layup in the final minute of the quarter to give the Blazers a 13-12 advantage after one quarter.
Farrara hit a three-pointer 25 seconds into the second quarter, starting an 11-0 Spartan run that gave the visitors the lead for good. Raiche hit a jumper with 1:42 remaining before halftime to extend Castleton's lead to 12 at 28-16, but Elms scored the final five points of the quarter to close its deficit to seven (28-21) at halftime.
Elms (0-1) could not score a point in the third quarter, as Castleton collected 20 points during the quarter, 12 of them off Blazer turnovers. The Spartans would eventually score 26 unanswered points before Elms's Mackenzie LaRochelle hit a three-pointer with 6:44 remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Blazers shot just 18 percent (9-of-50) from the field, including 1-of-13 from behind the three-point line, and committed 24 turnovers leading to 18 Spartan points. Castleton shot 41.1 percent (23-of-56) from the field, including 5-of-16 from behind the three-point line, and won the rebounding battle, 46-29.
The victory is Tim Barrett's 300th as Castleton women's basketball head coach as he begins his 16th season at the helm.
Castleton (1-0) begins the home schedule next Tuesday, Nov. 22, against Plymouth State at Glenbrook Gym starting at 5:30 p.m.