CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's basketball team enjoyed a solid performance on both ends of the floor to defeat Maine Maritime, 63-53, Saturday afternoon in a North Atlantic Conference contest at Glenbrook Gym.
Taylor Raiche scored a career-high 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field, while Makayla Farrara contributed 16 points. Amanda Beatty led the Spartans with seven rebounds to go along with five points and three assists, and Ashlie Fay added eight points, four rebounds, and three steals.
Maine Maritime (8-8, 5-5 NAC) scored the first seven points of the game before Raiche hit a jumper halfway through the first quarter. The Spartans scored the final five points of the first quarter, three points by Morgan Raiche before Lindsay Sabo hit an off-balance jumper at the buzzer to tie the game at 9-9.
The two teams traded baskets for the first four minutes of the second quarter before Castleton put together a 13-2 scoring run, with Taylor Raiche starting and ending the run with baskets and Alexis Quenneville hitting a three-pointer along the way. Maine Maritime's Caitlin Kane scored the final five points of the quarter to close the Spartan lead to 26-22 at halftime.
Once again, the teams went back-and-forth for the majority of the third quarter until a three-pointer by Melinda Ogden and two free throws from Alayne Felix put the Mariners on top, 34-33, with two minutes left in the quarter. Beatty went 3-for-4 from the free throw line and Farrara hit a jumper to allow Castleton to retake the lead at 38-35 after three quarters.
The Spartans scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter, punctuated by a three-pointer by Sabo midway through the quarter extended the Castleton lead to 45-35. The Spartans took their biggest lead of the game at 57-42 on a three-pointer by Farrara and a jumper from Taylor Raiche, and then Castleton went 6-for-8 from the free throw line in the final minute to hold off the threat of another Mariner rally.
Chloe Smedley led the Mariners with 16 points, Ogden hit three three-pointers on her way to a 14-point performance, and Felix notched a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. As a team, Maine Maritime was held to 30.5 percent (18-of-59) field goal shooting, including 3-of-15 from behind the three-point line, plus the Mariners shot 73.7 percent (14-of-19) from the free throw line.
The Spartans enjoyed their best offensive effort in two weeks, hitting 43.5 percent (20-of-46) from the field, including 4-of-10 from behind the three-point line, and 67.9 percent (19-of-28) from the free throw line. Maine Maritime earned a slight rebounding edge, 39-36, including 14 offensive rebounds that led to eight second-chance points.
Castleton (9-7, 7-3 NAC) hosts Middlebury Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. at Glenbrook Gym before back-to-back road conference games, starting next Saturday, Jan. 28, with the short trip to face Green Mountain starting at 3 p.m.