CASTLETON, Vt. – All five starters for Castleton University reached double figures in scoring, including two career-high scoring efforts, as the Spartans enjoyed their best offensive game of the season in an 80-48 victory over Lyndon State College Saturday afternoon in a North Atlantic Conference women's basketball game at Glenbrook Gym.
Taylor Raiche hit all eight of her field goal attempts, including her first career three-pointer, as she led the Spartans with a career-high 17 points along with six rebounds. Ashlie Fay also earned a career-high scoring total, finishing with 13 points, four rebounds, four assists, and three steals.
Lyndon State (3-4, 1-2 NAC) took an early 7-2 lead before a jumper by Raiche and a three-pointer from Makayla Farrara tied the game at 7-7. The Hornets retook the lead thanks to a layup by Mikayla Hodge and two three-pointers from Alexis Britch, but a three-pointer by Lindsay Sabo with 1:31 left in the first quarter cut the Lyndon State lead to 15-13 after the first 10 minutes of the game.
Raiche hit her three-pointer at the beginning of the second quarter, but the Hornets pulled into an 18-18 tie two minutes into the second quarter on a three-pointer by Gabrielle Foy. After Mariah Ramos hit a three-pointer to close the Lyndon State deficit to three at 28-25, Castleton scored the final 13 points of the quarter, the last seven points of that run scored by Fay, to take a 41-25 advantage into halftime.
The Spartans opened the second half with an 18-6 scoring run, led by Amanda Beatty with eight points, to extend their lead to 59-31 halfway through the third quarter. Lyndon State went on an 8-2 run over the next three minutes, led by five points from Ramos, but a three-pointer by Farrara and a jumper from Morgan Raiche helped Castleton end the third quarter with a 66-40 lead.
Beatty finished the game with 16 points, five rebounds, and three steals, while Farrara contributed 11 points and Sabo added 10 points, eight assists, three rebounds, and two steals. As a team, the Spartans shot 54.2 percent (32-of-59) from the field, including 7-of-13 from behind the three-point line, and 9-of-11 from the free throw line.
Ramos led Lyndon State with 15 points while Hodge, the leading scorer and rebounder in the NAC coming into the game, finished with 11 points and nine rebounds. The Hornets were held to 32.7 percent (17-of-52) field goal shooting, including 7-of-24 from behind the three-point line, plus they made just 7-of-13 attempts from the charity stripe.
The Spartans won the rebounding battle, 37-28, and forced Lyndon State into 21 turnovers, scoring 25 points off those mistakes. The significant lead allowed more Spartans to see action in the fourth quarter, as freshmen Alivian Van Lunen and Katlyn Toomey each earned the first made field goal of their collegiate careers.
Castleton (6-1, 4-1 NAC) wraps up the pre-Christmas schedule with a trip to Northfield, Vt., to face Norwich University Tuesday, Dec. 13, starting at 7:30 p.m.