WATERVILLE, Maine – Castleton University put together a first-quarter scoring run to take the early lead, and its defense held Thomas College to single digits in each quarter as the Spartans defeated the Terriers, 59-25, Saturday afternoon in a North Atlantic Conference women's basketball game at Larry Mahaney Gymnasium.
After Thomas's Jordan Turner hit a three-pointer to open the scoring, Castleton scored 14 straight points over the next five minutes. Morgan Raiche hit back-to-back baskets in the final one-and-a-half minutes of the quarter to help the Spartans open an 18-6 advantage after the first 10 minutes of the game.
Castleton scored the first five points of the second quarter, capped by a traditional three-point play from Morgan Raiche, and then consecutive three-pointers by Lindsay Sabo and Makayla Farrara extended the Spartan lead to 33-11 with four minutes left in halftime. Molly Carroll hit a three-pointer for Thomas in the final minute, but Castleton still held a 33-14 advantage at halftime.
The two teams traded points early in the third quarter, but Castleton put together a 12-4 scoring run over the final five minutes of the quarter to take a 48-22 lead into the final quarter. The Spartans did not allow a field goal by Thomas in the fourth quarter, as the Terriers were held to three made free throws during the final 10 minutes of the game.
Farrara once again led the Spartans in scoring, finishing with 17 points, six rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Amanda Beatty added 13 points for Castleton, as the team shot 40.4 percent (23-of-57) from the field, including 6-of-19 from behind the three-point line, and 87.5 percent (7-of-8) from the free throw line. The Spartans finished with a slight edge in rebounding, 41-39, led by Morgan Raiche with 10 rebounds and Taylor Raiche with eight boards.
Thomas (4-3, 1-2 NAC) was led by Turner with seven points and eight rebounds, while Carroll scored six points off the bench. As a team, the Terriers shot just 17.0 percent (8-of-47) from the field, including 3-of-15 from behind the three-point line, and 33.3 percent (6-of-18) from the free throw line. In addition, Thomas committed 21 turnovers, leading to 20 Castleton points.
Castleton (5-0, 3-0 NAC) returns to Vermont next week, heading to Johnson State College Thursday, Dec. 8, for a NAC contest starting at 7:30 p.m. before hosting Lyndon State College next Saturday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m.