CASTLETON, Vt. – After a close first quarter, Castleton University slowly extended its advantage throughout the night, defeating Thomas College 59-38 Friday in a North Atlantic Conference women's collegiate basketball game at Glenbrook Gym.
Amanda Beatty shot 9-of-11 from the field to lead the Spartans with 18 points, while Lindsay Sabo hit three three-pointers in the first half on her way to a 13-point performance. Makayla Farrara added nine points and five assists as the Spartans dished out 15 assists while committing just 10 turnovers.
Thomas (6-14, 3-10 NAC) held a 6-2 lead with 6:22 left in the first quarter before Sabo hit her first three-pointer of the night, starting a 16-6 run through the rest of the quarter. The Spartans started to pull away in the second quarter, scoring 11 unanswered points thanks to the combination of Beatty and Sabo to help establish a 33-19 lead at halftime.
After Malorie Weaver scored the first basket of the third quarter, Castleton scored the next eight points to extend its lead to 20 at 41-21 halfway through the quarter. Amira Jones scored Thomas's next eight points to bring the Terriers within 16, but a jumper by Alexis Quenneville as time ran out in the third quarter gave the Spartans a 49-30 advantage heading into the final period.
Nobody scored until Farrara hit a three-pointer three minutes into the fourth quarter, but Karil Stubbs would answer with her own three-pointer. Baskets by Phoebe Parrish and Sabo gave Castleton its biggest lead of the night at 56-33, and the Spartans would hold the Terriers without a field goal the rest of the way.
Jones led the Terriers with 11 points, plus she pulled down five rebounds, while Stubbs finished with eight points and seven rebounds. As a team, Thomas shot 32.5 percent (13-of-40) from the field, including 3-of-10 from behind the three-point line, and 56.3 percent (9-of-16) from the free throw line.
The Spartans were able to cause 26 Thomas turnovers, leading to 18 points off those turnovers. The Terriers did earn a slight rebounding edge, 36-33, with 10 second-chance points off seven offensive boards.
Castleton (12-8, 10-3 NAC), now tied with New England College for second place in the NAC standings, hosts Maine-Farmington Saturday, Feb. 4, at 3 p.m. The Beavers improved to 4-15 overall and 4-9 in the conference with a 60-38 victory over Green Mountain Friday.