CASTLETON, Vt. – Coming off an emotional, hard-fought victory Wednesday, the Castleton University women's basketball team travels to Maine this weekend for North Atlantic Conference contests against Maine-Farmington Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. and against Thomas College Saturday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m.
Castleton, 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the NAC, came alive late in the third quarter against New England College Wednesday night, rallying from a seven-point deficit with two minutes remaining in the third quarter for a 51-45 victory. Lindsay Sabo hit five three-pointers in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter to lead the comeback, finishing with 19 points and three steals.
Amanda Beatty leads the Spartans in scoring with 14.0 points per game and is tied with Taylor Raiche for the team rebounding lead at 8.3 boards per contest. As a team, Castleton is scoring 57.0 points per game on 34.8 percent field goal shooting, including 29.6 percent from behind the three-point line, and 59.6 percent free throw shooting. The Spartan defense has been strong, allowing only 40.7 points per game.
Maine-Farmington is 0-4 overall and 0-1 in the NAC after losing to Husson Tuesday night, 80-53. As a team, the Beavers are averaging 47.3 points per game on 25.7 percent field goal shooting, including 28.7 percent from behind the three-point line, and 67.6 percent free throw shooting.
Kelly Pomerleau leads the team with 7.3 points and 2.7 assists per game, but she did not play in Tuesday's game against Husson. Morgan Crocker is averaging 6.8 points per game, while Abby Hasson holds the team rebounding lead at 6.3 rebounds per game, followed by Kennadi Grover at 5.8 rebounds per contest.
The teams split the season series last year, with each team winning on the other team's home court. At Glenbrook Gym, Maine-Farmington went on a 9-0 run late in the fourth quarter on its way to a 76-72 victory, led by Meghan Smith with 19 points and 11 rebounds. In the rematch in Farmington, Castleton held the Beavers to single digit scoring in each of the final three quarters on its way to a 59-38 victory.
Thomas College enters the weekend with a 3-2 overall record and a 0-1 record in the NAC after losing to Maine Maritime Tuesday night, 68-37. As a team, the Terriers are averaging 57.6 points per game on 35.4 percent field goal shooting, including 29.1 percent from behind the three-point line, and 63.6 percent free throw shooting.
Amira Jones leads Thomas with 12.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, while Jordan Turner is contributing 9.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, and a team-high 5.6 assists per game. Abby Nielsen has also played well so far this season, averaging 9.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game.
Castleton swept the season series from Thomas last year, first winning at Glenbrook Gym 60-30 by holding the Terriers to 21.4 percent shooting from the field and dominating the boards, 48-32, including 20 offensive rebounds. In the rematch in Maine, the Spartan defense was once again too much for the Terriers, as Thomas shot just 13.6 percent from the field and was dominated on the boards, 57-33, in Castleton's 65-27 victory.