Castleton Women’s Basketball Cruises to NAC Win

Castleton Women’s Basketball Cruises to NAC Win

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's basketball team received contributions from all of its active players on both ends of the floor, holding Green Mountain to single-digit scoring totals in each quarter as the Spartans defeated the Eagles, 73-18, Saturday afternoon in a North Atlantic Conference contest at Glenbrook Gym.

Makayla Farrara led Castleton with 14 points, while Morgan Raiche notched a double-double, scoring a career-high 13 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Taylor Raiche also scored 13 points as each Raiche sister hit 4-of-8 shots from the field and 5-of-7 attempts from the free throw line. Ashlie Fay stuffed the stat sheet with six points, six rebounds, five assists, three steals, and two blocked shots, and Katlyn Toomey earned a season-high 10 rebounds.

Green Mountain (0-9, 0-6 NAC) scored the first point of the game, but Castleton quickly responded, outscoring the Eagles 20-1 through the rest of the opening quarter. Suzanna Moses and Mercedes Rideout hit three-pointers early in the second half, but the Spartans again struck back, scoring 21 unanswered points to take a 43-8 lead into halftime.

The Spartans controlled every facet of the game, outrebounding the Eagles 59-27, including 18 offensive boards that led to 19 second-chance points. Castleton also scored 23 points off 19 Green Mountain turnovers and held the Eagles to 12.2 percent (6-of-49) field goal shooting.

Castleton shot 42.2 percent (27-of-64) from the field, including 4-of-14 from behind the three-point line, and 62.5 percent (15-of-24) from the free throw line. The Spartan bench made its mark, as Lindsay Sabo collected seven points, four assists, and two steals, and Alexis Quenneville earned seven points and six rebounds. Although she did not score, Ajla Medic did earn two steals in her time on the floor.

Taylor Hill led Green Mountain with eight points, plus she pulled down five rebounds, while Rachel Moore paced the Eagles with eight rebounds.

Castleton (7-5, 5-1 NAC) remains in second place in the league standings, just a half-game behind Husson, and is now a half-game ahead of Colby-Sawyer heading into a contest against the Chargers Thursday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Glenbrook Gym.