CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's basketball team looks to get back on the winning track as it hosts Green Mountain College Saturday, Jan. 7, at 3 p.m. at Glenbrook Gym.
The Spartans are 6-5 overall after losing to Williams College Wednesday night, 55-47, despite 24 points from Makayla Farrara. Castleton overcame a double-digit deficit and took the lead with seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but the Ephs outscored the Spartans 14-5 the rest of the way.
Castleton is 4-1 in North Atlantic Conference play, entering the weekend tied with Colby-Sawyer for second place in the league, just a half-game behind Husson. Farrara is fourth in the NAC in scoring average at 15.9 points per game and in three-point field goal percentage, hitting 38 percent of her attempts from long distance.
Green Mountain is still looking for its first victory of the season, dropping to 0-8 after a 63-52 loss at Lesley Thursday night. The Eagles, 0-5 in conference play so far this season, are averaging 41.3 points per game and shooting 26.3 percent from the field, including 26.1 percent from behind the three-point line, and 54.8 percent from the free throw line.
Mercedes Rideout leads the Eagles with 11.6 points per game, thanks in part to her missing just one free throw attempt so far this season, as she is 16-for-17 from the charity stripe. Taylor Hill is contributing 8.1 points per game along with a team-high 6.9 rebounds per contest.
Castleton leads the all-time series over Green Mountain, 34-22, and brings a 14-game winning streak over the Eagles into Saturday's game. Last season, Castleton swept the season series, first defeating Green Mountain in Poultney Jan. 9, 86-35, as five Spartans scored in double figures. In the rematch Jan. 30 at Glenbrook Gym, Castleton won, 74-47, thanks to 26 points off 27 Eagle turnovers while Castleton committed just three turnovers.