WATERVILLE, Maine – After averaging 16.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in Castleton's three victories over the past week, junior Makayla Farrara has been named the North Atlantic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week, announced Monday by the league office.
Farrara started the week with six points, seven rebounds, and two assists as Castleton defeated New England College, 51-45, at home last Wednesday. On the road two nights later, Farrara scored a career-high 25 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field, including 3-of-7 from behind the three-point line, and 4-of-4 shooting from the free throw line to lead the Spartans to a 49-47 victory over Maine-Farmington.
Less than 24 hours later, Farrara finished with 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field, plus she collected six rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one blocked shot as Castleton completed the weekend sweep with a 59-25 victory over Thomas College.
So far this season, Farrara leads the team and is fourth in the league in scoring average at 15.4 points per game, as she is shooting 40.8 percent from the field and 76.9 percent from the free throw line. In addition, she is contributing 5.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game for the Spartans, who have started the season 5-0 for the third time in the past five years.
This is the first NAC Player of the Week award for Farrara, who was named Rookie of the Week three times during the 2014-15 season. She was also named to the All-Tournament Team at last year's NAC Tournament after averaging 11.5 points, 2.5 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game in the conference tournament semifinal and final.
Castleton (5-0, 3-0 NAC) is currently ranked second in the country in scoring defense and field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to score just 38.8 points per game on 25.7 percent field goal shooting. The Spartans travel to Johnson State to face the Badgers Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. before returning home for a NAC contest against Lyndon State Saturday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m.