CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's basketball team concludes a stretch of four games in seven days with a trip to Plymouth, N.H., to face the Plymouth State Panthers at Foley Gymnasium Tuesday, Nov. 21, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Castleton brings a 3-0 record into Tuesday's contest after defeating Bates College and Southern Maine on consecutive days at the Tyler Tip-Off Classic at Smith College over the weekend. The Spartans rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit Saturday to defeat Bates, 76-75, before holding off Southern Maine in Sunday's game, 76-67.
Makayla Farrara was named to the All-Tournament Team after averaging 19.5 points per game over the weekend on 11-for-17 shooting from the field, including 6-for-8 from behind the three-point line, and 11-for-12 shooting from the free throw line. Alexis Quenneville also earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team as she hit seven of her career-high eight three-pointers in the second half against Bates to lead the Spartan comeback, capped by the game-winning three-pointer with eight seconds remaining in regulation.
So far this season, the Spartans are averaging 79.3 points per game and shooting exactly 50 percent from the field, including 20-for-45 from behind the three-point line, and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. Castleton is outrebounding its opponents by over nine boards per game (40.0 to 30.7) and allowing 62.0 points per game.
Plymouth State enters Tuesday's game with a 2-1 overall record, with wins over Rivier and Plattsburgh State before a loss to University of New England. As a team, the Panthers are averaging 56.0 points per game and shooting 35.2 percent from the field, including 21.2 percent from behind the three-point line, and 70.2 percent from the free throw line.
Jess Conant leads Plymouth State in scoring, averaging 14.0 points per game, while Cassidy Emerson is contributing 9.7 points and a team-high 8.3 rebounds per game. Brittany Roche is making two three-pointers per game to average 9.0 points per contest, and Debra Morrill has added 6.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 2.3 steals per game.
This will be the 16th straight year in which Castleton and Plymouth State will play the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Overall, this is believed to be the 24th meeting all-time between the Spartans and the Panthers, with Plymouth State holding a 14-9 series advantage. Castleton has won the last six meetings, including a 58-49 victory last year at Glenbrook Gym, led by Farrara with 19 points along with six rebounds and four assists.
Castleton will have a week off from competition before beginning North Atlantic Conference play at Johnson State next Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 5:30 p.m. The Spartans return to Glenbrook Gym Saturday, Dec. 2, to face New England College at 1 p.m.