NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Castleton University women's basketball team rallied from a double-digit deficit to tie the game in the final four minutes of regulation, but Marymount University responded in the final stretch, as the Saints defeated the Spartans, 61-49, Friday afternoon in the Music City Classic hosted by Trevecca Nazarene University.
Down by 17 early in the third quarter, Castleton started its comeback with a three-pointer from Makayla Farrara. After the two teams traded points for a four-minute span, Lindsay Sabo hit a three-pointer to close the Spartan deficit to 12 at 42-30 at the end of the third quarter.
Sabo scored Castleton's first four points of the fourth quarter, and then a layup by Taylor Raiche cut the Marymount lead to 42-36. The Saints extended their lead back to 11 on a three-pointer by Leah Hurst and a jumper by Tyffani McQueen, but, after a Castleton timeout, Sabo nailed consecutive three-pointers, and Farrara followed with a jumper and a three-pointer to tie the game at 47-47 with 3:55 left in regulation.
The Saints took the lead for good on two made free throws by Kiki Laux, starting a 14-2 scoring run down the stretch to end the game in Marymount's favor. Marymount went 8-for-10 from the free throw line in the final three minutes, plus forced Castleton into four turnovers and three missed field goal attempts down the stretch.
Sabo scored all 18 of her points in the second half to lead the Spartan comeback, while Farrara also scored 18 points and Raiche finished with eight points, eight rebounds, and two blocked shots. As a team, Castleton shot 30 percent from the field (15-of-50), including 7-of-21 from behind the three-point line, and 92.3 percent (12-of-13) from the free throw line.
Marymount (9-2) took the early lead as Laux scored the first four points of the game. Farrara hit a three-pointer midway through the first quarter to pull the Spartans to within one at 10-9, but the Saints responded with a 7-0 run to close the opening quarter.
Marymount's Regan Lohr hit a three-pointer to open the second quarter, but Castleton responded with a layup by Raiche and two free throws from Amanda Beatty. Farrara again tried to keep the Spartans close with a three-pointer and a jumper, but a three-pointer by Lohr and a layup by Nicole Viscuso in the final minute of the half extended the Saints' lead to 31-18 at halftime.
Laux hit 9-of-12 shots from the charity stripe as she finished with 15 points, as did Viscuso to go along with nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Hurst added 14 points, five rebounds, seven assists, and three steals as the Saints shot 42.6 percent (20-of-47) from the field, including 3-of-10 from behind the three-point line, and 78.3 percent (18-of-23) from the free throw line.
Castleton (6-4) starts the new calendar year with a trip to Williams College to face the Ephs Wednesday, Jan. 4, starting at 7 p.m. The Spartans then return home and resume North Atlantic Conference play with contests at Glenbrook Gym against Green Mountain (Saturday, Jan. 7, at 3 p.m.) and Colby-Sawyer (Thursday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m.).