CASTINE, Maine – After playing even with Maine Maritime for the first 30 minutes of Friday night's game, the Castleton University women's basketball team pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 60-49 victory in a North Atlantic Conference contest.
For the second straight game, Amanda Beatty established a new career-high scoring total, shooting 12-of-18 from the field on her way to a 28-point performance, plus she pulled down six rebounds. Makayla Farrara finished with 11 points, six rebounds, and five assists, and Abbie Lesure came off the bench and dished out seven assists without committing a turnover.
With the score tied 40-40 after three quarters, Beatty started the fourth quarter with a layup, and Lesure followed with a steal and layup. Beatty hit another layup two minutes into the quarter before Maine Maritime scored four straight points to pull to within two at 46-44. Beatty scored nine points during an 11-3 Castleton scoring run that basically put the game away as the junior shot 6-of-7 from the field in the final quarter.
Maine Maritime (11-11, 7-8 NAC) was led by Megan McLean with 12 points, four rebounds, and six assists, while Alayne Felix and Caitlin Kane scored 10 points apiece. The Mariners shot 42.5 percent (17-of-40) from the field, including 3-of-15 from behind the three-point line, and 54.5 percent (12-of-22) from the free throw line.
The Spartans shot 44.4 percent (24-of-54) from the field, including 4-of-15 from behind the three-point line, and 53.3 percent (8-of-15) from the free throw line. Castleton scored 17 points off 22 Maine Maritime turnovers and pulled down 11 offensive rebounds that led to 14 second chance points.
The Mariners established a six-point lead at 14-8 late in the first quarter after a traditional three-point play by Eryn Doiron, but a three-pointer by Farrara in the final minute of the quarter helped Castleton cut that lead in half. Maine Maritime was ahead 27-22 with three minutes remaining in the second quarter, but a three-pointer by Alexis Quenneville helped the Spartans pull to within three at halftime.
The Spartans scored the first seven points of the third quarter to pull ahead, 33-29, but baskets by Chloe Smedley and Felix tied the game at 33-33 halfway through the quarter. The teams would trade baskets the rest of the third quarter to keep the contest within one possession heading into the final 10 minutes.
Castleton (14-8, 12-3 NAC) faces conference leader Husson Saturday, Feb. 11, at 3 p.m. The Eagles remained two games ahead of the Spartans with a 90-31 victory over Green Mountain Friday night.