CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton women's basketball team steps out of conference one last time during the regular season, as the Spartans will host Middlebury College Wednesday, Jan. 25, starting at 7 p.m. at Glenbrook Gym.
Castleton improved to 9-7 overall Saturday with a 63-53 victory over Maine Maritime and has now won six of its seven home games so far this season. The Spartans are 7-3 within the North Atlantic Conference, currently in fourth place in the league standings but just one game behind New England College and Colby-Sawyer for second place.
After scoring 16 points against Maine Maritime, Makayla Farrara is now tied for fourth in the NAC in scoring average at 14.3 points per game. Taylor Raiche led the Spartans against the Mariners with a career-high 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field.
Middlebury enters Wednesday's game with a 13-3 overall record after defeating Williams at home on Sunday, 85-57. The Panthers, now on a three-game winning streak, are averaging 60.7 points per game and shooting 39.6 percent from the field, including 32.2 percent from behind the three-point line, and 64.2 percent from the free throw line.
Sarah Kaufman leads the Panthers in scoring, averaging 11.9 points per game, while Colleen Caveney is scoring 11.6 points per game, thanks in part to shooting 47.5 percent from behind the three-point line. Catherine Harrison is contributing 10.1 points per game, plus she leads the Panthers with 8.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots per game.
Middlebury leads the all-time series over Castleton, 15-3, but the Spartans have won three of the last four games in the series. Last season in Middlebury, Castleton outscored the Panthers 13-6 over the final 3:22 of the fourth quarter to pull out the 59-52 victory. Bryanna duPont led the Spartans with 19 points and seven rebounds, shooting 8-of-9 from the field, while Harrison led the Panthers with 13 points and 20 rebounds.
After Wednesday's game, Castleton plays two straight conferences road games, facing Green Mountain Saturday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m. and Colby-Sawyer Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m.