WATERVILLE, Maine – Castleton University is one of just three teams to have multiple representatives on the North Atlantic Conference's postseason women's basketball teams, as junior forward Amanda Beatty was voted First Team All-NAC and junior guard Makayla Farrara earned Second Team All-NAC recognition in voting of the 10 league head coaches revealed by the conference office Thursday.
Beatty came on strong in the final month of the regular season, averaging 18.3 points per game over the last nine contests, including four straight games with more than 20 points. She reached double figures in scoring 15 times, including a career-high 28 points at Maine Maritime on Feb. 10.
During the entire regular season, Beatty led the Spartans with 13.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, plus she shot 50.7 percent from the field and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. She enters the weekend second in the NAC in field goal percentage, seventh in scoring average, and eighth in free throw percentage.
Farrara averaged 12.3 points per game for Castleton with 14 games scoring in double figures, including four games with 20 or more points. She hit six three-pointers on her way to 29 points at Johnson State on Dec. 8, scored 25 points to help the Spartans defeat Maine-Farmington on the road Dec. 2, and finished with 20 points in Castleton's victory at Colby-Sawyer Jan. 31.
Junior Taylor Raiche was named to the 2017 NAC Women's Basketball Sportsmanship Team for distinguishing herself through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. According to the NAC release, Raiche and the other honorees "are individuals who have positively affected the basketball culture and environment and whose behavior clearly demonstrates sportsmanship and integrity that go beyond the playing rules and etiquette."
Chandler Guerrette of Husson received both the Player of the Year and the Defensive Player of the Year awards, the first time one person earned both awards since the defensive award was established in 2010-11. Kissy Walker, in her 26th season as head coach at Husson, was voted Coach of the Year by her peers. For the entire rundown of the postseason honors, click here.
Castleton, 17-8 overall and 15-3 within the NAC, is the second seed at this weekend's NAC Tournament and will face third seed New England College Friday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. at Husson University in Bangor, Maine.