CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's basketball team concludes a stretch of seven games away from home in an eight-game span Wednesday, Jan. 4, when it travels to Williams College to face the Ephs starting at 7 p.m.
Castleton is 6-4 overall entering Wednesday's game after losing to 12th-ranked Ohio Northern (60-36) and Marymount (61-49) during the Music City Classic last week in Nashville, Tenn. As a team, the Spartans are averaging 55.0 points per game and shooting 34.9 percent from the field, including 30.1 percent from behind the three-point line, and 72.8 percent from the free throw line.
Makayla Farrara remains the team's leading scorer and is fourth in the North Atlantic Conference at 15.1 points per game after an 18-point performance last Friday against Marymount. Amanda Beatty is scoring 11.3 points per game as she is shooting 45.7 percent from the field, third in the league, and 79.6 percent from the free throw line, fourth in the conference.
Williams is 9-2 overall after victories over Wisconsin-Stevens Point (69-61) and Lake Forest (73-70 in overtime) last week in the Arizona Shootout in Phoenix, Ariz. As a team, the Ephs are scoring 58.4 points per game and shooting 38.8 percent from the field, including 32.2 percent from behind the three-point line, and 69.8 percent from the free throw line.
Devon Caveney leads the Ephs with 11.4 points, 2.7 assists, and 1.7 steals per game. After sitting out six straight games, Amani Fernandez has played in Williams's last four contests and is averaging 11.0 points, 2.4 assists, and 1.4 steals per game this season. Kristin Fechtelkotter is contributing 9.3 points per game as well as leading the Ephs with 8.1 rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots per game.
This is the fourth straight season Castleton has faced Williams, with the Ephs winning the previous three meetings. Last season at Glenbrook Gym, Williams outscored Castleton 24-12 in the first quarter on its way to a 58-45 victory. Lauren McCall hit four three-pointers as she led the Ephs with 16 points, while Fernandez finished with 13 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. Lindsay Sabo hit four three-pointers to lead the Spartans with 14 points.
After Wednesday's road game, Castleton will play five of its next six games at home, resuming NAC play with a game against Green Mountain Saturday, Jan. 7, at 3 p.m. at Glenbrook Gym.