CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's basketball team plays its first home game of the 2016-17 season Tuesday, Nov. 22, kicking off a Glenbrook Gym doubleheader against Plymouth State at 5:30 p.m.
Last Tuesday, the Spartans opened the new season with a 62-28 victory over Elms College, pulling away after a close first quarter. Castleton outscored Elms 50-15 over the final 30 minutes of the game, including a 20-0 third quarter where the Spartans scored 12 points off Blazer turnovers. Castleton held Elms to 18 percent field goal shooting and dominated the rebounding battle, 46-29.
Amanda Beatty shot 5-of-7 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line as she finished with 17 points and eight rebounds, while Makayla Farrara added 10 points. Taylor Raiche collected nine points and 10 rebounds, and her sister Morgan Raiche contributed eight points, five rebounds, and four blocked shots.
It has also been a week between games for Plymouth State, as it won its season opener over Rivier last Tuesday, 71-61. DeAsia Lawrence shot 8-of-13 from the field, including 3-of-6 from behind the three-point line, as she led the Panthers with 21 points, plus she dished out three assists and earned two steals. As a team, Plymouth State shot 50 percent (27-of-54) from the field, including 4-of-10 from behind the three-point line, and 68.4 percent (13-of-19) from the free throw line.
Plymouth State holds a 9-8 series edge, but Castleton has won the last five meetings over the Panthers. Last season in Plymouth, N.H., the Spartans jumped out to a 20-9 lead after the first quarter on their way to a 63-42 victory over the Panthers. Three Castleton players scored 14 points apiece, including Lindsay Sabo, who went 4-of-5 from behind the three-point line.