Women’s Hoop Starts Road Swing at Green Mountain Saturday

Women’s Hoop Starts Road Swing at Green Mountain Saturday

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's basketball team will play five of its next seven games on the road, starting Saturday, Jan. 28, with the short trip to Poultney, Vt., to face Green Mountain College.

The Spartans fell to 9-8 overall after losing to Middlebury College Wednesday night, 60-49, despite Amanda Beatty scoring 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 shooting from the free throw line. Castleton enters the weekend with a 7-3 league mark, currently sitting in fourth place in the NAC standings one game behind New England College and Colby-Sawyer.

Beatty is fifth in the conference in field goal percentage, hitting 45.1 percent of her field goal attempts this season, plus she is second on the team in scoring at 10.3 points per game. Makayla Farrara leads the Spartans and is fifth in the NAC in scoring, averaging 14.1 points per game, while Morgan Raiche is tops on the team and 10th in the league in rebounding with 6.5 rebounds per game.

Green Mountain is still searching for its first victory of the season, falling to 0-15 overall after a 79-55 loss at Pine Manor Thursday night. The Eagles dropped to 0-10 in the conference after losses to Maine Maritime and Husson last weekend. As a team, Green Mountain is scoring 38.4 points per game and shooting 24.6 percent from the field, including 26.1 percent from behind the three-point line, and 53.5 percent from the free throw line.

Mercedes Rideout leads the team with 11.4 points and 1.5 steals per game, while Taylor Hill is third in the league in rebounding, averaging 7.5 boards per game to go along with 8.6 points per contest.

Castleton won the first meeting between the teams this season three weeks ago at Glenbrook Gym, 73-18, the fewest points allowed by the Spartans in a single game since an 82-18 victory over the Eagles Jan. 22, 2013. Farrara led Castleton with 14 points, while the Raiche sisters each shot 4-of-8 from the field and 5-of-7 from the free throw line for 13 points apiece, with Morgan Raiche pulling down 12 rebounds for a double-double.

Saturday's contest begins a stretch of four games in eight days for Castleton, as the Spartans travel to face Colby-Sawyer Tuesday, Jan. 31, before hosting Thomas (Feb. 3) and Maine-Farmington (Feb. 4) next weekend.