Spartan Women’s Hoop Defeats Plymouth State in Home Opener

Spartan Women’s Hoop Defeats Plymouth State in Home Opener

CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton University put together several significant scoring runs throughout the game to defeat Plymouth State, 58-49, Tuesday evening in a non-conference collegiate women's basketball game at Glenbrook Gym.

Makayla Farrara led the Spartans with 19 points and four assists, plus she pulled down six rebounds, while Amanda Beatty overcame early foul trouble to finish with 13 points. Taylor Raiche led Castleton with eight rebounds, and the Spartans committed only nine turnovers in the game.

Castleton scored the first four points of the game, but Plymouth State responded with the next four points, including a three-pointer by Debra Morrill that tied the game with 6:14 remaining in the first quarter. The Panthers would not score the rest of the opening quarter, as Morgan Raiche hit consecutive baskets to help the Spartans open a 10-4 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

Plymouth State (1-1) scored the first four points of the second quarter to cut its deficit to two, but Farrara rattled off seven unanswered points, and Alexis Quenneville hit a three-pointer and a jumper to give the Spartans their biggest lead of the first half at 22-8 with 4:22 left in the second quarter. The Panthers scored the final five points of the opening half on a three-pointer by DeAsia Lawrence and a jumper by Cassidy Emerson to pull to within nine at 26-17 at halftime.

Plymouth State closed to within two at 32-30 thanks to an 8-0 run midway through the third quarter, with Emerson scoring the final four points of the run. Castleton closed out the third quarter with an 11-2 scoring run over the final two-and-a-half minutes, led by two three-pointers from Lindsay Sabo, to extend its lead back to 11 at 45-34.

The Panthers made one final push at the start of the fourth quarter, beginning with a three-pointer by Savannah Miller and capped by consecutive baskets from Kailyn Aguiar to close the Spartan lead to 49-43 three minutes into the quarter. The Castleton defense held Plymouth State scoreless for more than four minutes to preserve the victory.

Kayla Wyland led Plymouth State with 11 points, while Lawrence and Emerson scored 10 points apiece, with Emerson also pulling down a team-high seven rebounds. The Panthers shot 41.2 percent (21-of-51) from the field, including 4-of-12 from behind the three-point line, but they struggled from the free throw line, making only 3-of-15 attempts from the charity stripe.

As a team, Castleton shot 37.9 percent (22-of-58) from the field, including 5-of-20 from behind the three-point line, and 56.3 percent (9-of-16) from the free throw line. The rebounding battle was even, as each team grabbed 37 total rebounds, and the Spartans scored 11 points off 16 Panther turnovers.

Castleton (2-0) opens North Atlantic Conference play next Wednesday, Nov. 30, against New England College in the second game of a doubleheader at Glenbrook Gym, with the start time scheduled for 7:30 p.m.