Castleton Women’s Basketball Completes Season Sweep of GMC

Castleton Women’s Basketball Completes Season Sweep of GMC

POULTNEY, Vt. – Castleton University took control early and received contributions from numerous sources as it completed the season sweep of Green Mountain College with a 74-24 victory Saturday afternoon in a North Atlantic Conference women's basketball game at the Eagle Dome.

Alexis Quenneville hit 5-of-6 shots from the field, including 3-of-4 from behind the three-point line, as she led all players with 13 points. Lindsay Sabo and Makayla Farrara each hit three three-pointers for nine points apiece, Morgan Raiche also scored nine points, and Amanda Beatty and Ashlie Fay each contributed seven points and five rebounds.

Sabo and Farrara nailed two three-pointers apiece in the first 3:10 of the game as Castleton opened a 13-0 lead. The Spartans held Green Mountain without a field goal in the first quarter to take a 22-2 lead after the first 10 minutes of the game.

Castleton started the second quarter with an 11-2 scoring run, capped by four straight points from Taylor Raiche, to increase its advantage to 33-4. Green Mountain strung six points together, the last four on consecutive baskets by Laney Trammell, but Fay scored the final five points of the first half to give Castleton a 40-10 lead at halftime.

For the second time this season, Castleton held an opponent scoreless in a quarter, preventing Green Mountain from scoring in the third quarter while notching 20 points, led by Beatty and Quenneville with five points apiece.

Green Mountain (0-16, 0-11 NAC) kept fighting, as Taylor Hill scored the first two baskets in the fourth quarter. The Eagles equaled Castleton's scoring output in the final period, 14-14, as Suzanna Moses led the Eagles by scoring seven of her team-high eight points in the fourth quarter.

Besides Quenneville and Morgan Raiche, the Castleton bench saw significant action, as Phoebe Parrish earned five points, seven rebounds, and two assists, Ajla Medic finished with five points and four rebounds, and Abbie Lesure contributed three points, three rebounds, and five assists. As a team, the Spartans shot 38.6 percent (27-of-70) from the field, including 12-of-26 from behind the three-point line, and 72.7 percent (8-of-11) from the free throw line.

The Spartans committed only six turnovers, their lowest amount in a single game since committing just three turnovers against Green Mountain almost one year ago to the day. Castleton scored 32 points off 23 Green Mountain turnovers and dominated the rebounding battle, 48-29, including 21 offensive rebounds that led to 22 second-chance points.

Castleton (10-8, 8-3 NAC) travels to New London, N.H., for a conference contest against Colby-Sawyer Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m. The Spartans, a 43-39 winner over the Chargers on Jan. 12, are in third place in the league standings, a half-game behind second place New England College and a half-game in front of Colby-Sawyer.