CASTLETON, Vt. – With three weeks remaining in the regular season, the Castleton University women's basketball team enters a busy stretch with three games in the span of five days, starting Tuesday, Jan. 31, with a road contest against Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H., at 7:30 p.m.
The Spartans are coming off a 74-24 victory at Green Mountain Saturday to improve to 10-8 overall and 8-3 within the North Atlantic Conference, currently in third place in the league standings. Castleton is just a half-game behind second place New England College, but only a half-game ahead of Colby-Sawyer in fourth place, making Tuesday's contest a key one for positioning within the league.
Castleton's defense continues to be strong, as the Spartans are fifth in the country in field goal percentage defense (.306) and seventh in Division III in scoring defense, allowing just 47.7 points per game. Makayla Farrara continues to lead the team in scoring at 13.8 points per game, while Morgan Raiche remains the squad's top rebounder at 6.2 boards per contest. Amanda Beatty is fourth in the league in field goal percentage at 43.8 percent as she is second on the team in both scoring and rebounding with 10.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest.
Colby-Sawyer is 13-6 overall and 8-4 within the NAC after losing at Maine Maritime (69-65) and at Husson (90-71) over the weekend. Tuesday's game starts a three-game homestand for the Chargers, who are averaging 67.3 points per game and shooting 39.7 percent from the field, including 33.4 percent from behind the three-point line, and 63.1 percent from the free throw line.
Lexi Iannone leads Colby-Sawyer in scoring with 11.2 points per game, followed by Lexie Hamilton at 9.4 points per contest. Hamilton is also tops in the league and eighth in the country with 6.0 assists per game, while Kristin Ellis leads the Chargers on the boards with 6.6 rebounds per game.
Less than three weeks ago at Glenbrook Gym, Castleton rallied from a 19-point deficit with 6:09 remaining in the third quarter to defeat Colby-Sawyer, 43-39. Lindsay Sabo led Castleton with 11 points and four assists, while Beatty pulled down 11 rebounds to go along with six points. Emmani Robinson led the Chargers with 15 points, while Ellis pulled down 13 rebounds.
After Tuesday's game, Castleton returns home to face Thomas College Friday, Feb. 3, and Maine-Farmington Saturday, Feb. 4.