NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Sophomore Alexis Quenneville hit seven of her career-high eight three-pointers in the second half, including the game-winning shot with eight seconds remaining in regulation, as Castleton University rallied from a double-digit halftime deficit to defeat Bates College, 76-75, Saturday afternoon in the Tyler Tip-Off Classic hosted by Smith College at Ainsworth Gym.
With Castleton down 41-27 at halftime, Quenneville hit three three-pointers, and Makayla Farrara hit two three-pointers as the Spartans went on a 17-5 run through the first four-and-a-half minutes of the third quarter. Bates extended its lead back to eight late in the quarter before Quenneville hit another three-pointer to close the Castleton deficit to 60-55 heading into the final period.
After a traditional three-point play by Bates' Nina Davenport one minute into the fourth quarter, Castleton put together a 14-4 scoring run, capped by two more three-pointers from Quenneville, to pull ahead, 69-67, with 3:30 remaining in regulation. The teams traded three-pointers, starting with Lyse Henshaw of Bates before Farrara hit a long distance shot to put the Spartans back on top.
Bates (0-1) retook the lead on a three-pointer by Carly Christofi with two minutes to go, and then the Bobcats extended their advantage to 75-72 with two free throws by Davenport. On Castleton's next possession, Farrara was fouled and made one of two free throw attempts, and then Ashlie Fay pulled down a defensive rebound to give the Spartans another possession.
After taking time off the clock, the ball worked its way to Quenneville, who once again saw success from long distance, putting the Spartans back on top. Bates had two chances on what would be the final possession of the game, but Taylor Raiche blocked the first shot, and the Bobcats could not get a second field goal attempt close to the basket.
Quenneville finished the game 8-of-11 from behind the three-point line for a career-high 24 points, plus she dished out four assists. Farrara scored 22 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field, including 3-of-5 from behind the three-point line, and 5-of-6 shooting from the charity stripe, plus she pulled down five rebounds and collected four assists.
For the Bobcats, Davenport led all players with 31 points, shooting 10-of-22 from the field, including four three-pointers, and 7-of-7 from the free throw line, to go along with five rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Christofi contributed 23 points on 8-of-10 field goal shooting as Bates took care of the basketball, committing just six turnovers.
Castleton (2-0) committed 12 turnovers in the first half as it fell behind, part of the 17 turnovers in the game that led to 22 Bobcat points. The Spartan offense brought the team back, as Castleton shot 51.9 percent (28-of-54) from the field, including 12-of-22 from behind the three-point line, and 80 percent (8-of-10) from the free throw line.
The Tyler Tip-Off Classic resumes Sunday, Nov. 19, starting with Castleton taking on Southern Maine at 2 p.m., followed by Bates facing the host Pioneers at 4 p.m. Smith defeated Southern Maine in Saturday's first game, 72-64, but the matchups were predetermined before the start of the tournament.