CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's basketball team brings a four-game winning streak into Tuesday's North Atlantic Conference opener at Johnson State starting at 5:30 p.m. in Carter Gym.
After a season-opening blowout of Elms College, Castleton has played three consecutive games down to the wire, including two contests in which the Spartans scored the game-winning points on their final possession. Castleton brings a 4-0 record into Tuesday's game after a 53-52 victory at Plymouth State one week ago, clinched by a free throw from Amanda Beatty with 0.3 seconds remaining in regulation.
As a team, Castleton is scoring 72.8 points per game and shooting 44.1 percent from the field, including 39.7 percent from behind the three-point line, and 73.5 percent from the free throw line. Makayla Farrara leads the team in scoring at 15.5 points per game, while Alexis Quenneville is averaging 12.5 points per game, plus she is fourth in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio at 6.00, 19th in Division III in three-point field goal percentage at 58.3 percent, and 20th in three-point field goals made with 14.
Farrara is 32nd in the country in total free throws made with 22 and 50th in free throw percentage at 91.7 percent. Another Spartan in the national statistical rankings is Ashlie Fay, as she is 18th in the country in total steals with 17 after collecting a career-high eight steals against Plymouth State last week.
Johnson State is still looking for its first victory of the season after losses to St. Joseph (Vt.), 87-58, and to Middlebury last Tuesday, 74-27. As a team, the Badgers are shooting 31.8 percent from the field, including 38.5 percent from behind the three-point line, and 46.7 percent from the free throw line.
Two freshmen lead the way for the Badgers, as Jocelyn Pellerin is averaging 10.5 points per game, while Britani Buck has pulled down 10.0 rebounds per contest. After scoring 12 points against St. Joseph, Pellerin accounted for one-third of Johnson State's offense against Middlebury, and Buck collected 18 rebounds along with two blocked shots in the Badgers' season opener.
This will be the 73rd meeting all-time between Castleton and Johnson State, with the Spartans holding a 56-16 series advantage. The teams split the two games last season with each team winning on its home floor.
On Dec. 8, 2016, Johnson State snapped a 20-game losing streak to Castleton with a 61-59 victory in Johnson, Vt., despite Farrara scoring a career-high 29 points. Back at Glenbrook Gym on Feb. 18, 2017, Castleton pulled away with a 61-44 victory, led by Quenneville with 14 points and Beatty with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
After Tuesday's game, Castleton hosts New England College Saturday, Dec. 2, at Glenbrook Gym starting at 1 p.m.