Castleton Opens Conference Play with Wire-to-Wire Victory

Castleton Opens Conference Play with Wire-to-Wire Victory

JOHNSON, Vt. – Castleton University scored the first basket 1:20 into the game and never looked back, cruising to a 68-14 victory over Johnson State Tuesday evening in a North Atlantic Conference women's basketball game at Carter Gym.

Amanda Beatty led the Spartans with 16 points and eight rebounds, hitting 7-of-11 shots from the field, while Emilee Bose came off the bench and contributed 12 points and five rebounds. The Spartans held a 58-28 rebounding advantage, as Katlyn Toomey pulled down seven rebounds, Morgan Raiche May and Ashleay Wilcox each collected six boards, and Ashlie Fay added five rebounds to go along with five assists and four steals.

Castleton scored the first 13 points of the game before Johnson State made its only field goal of the first quarter, a jumper by Christle Page with just over three minutes left in the opening quarter. The Spartans would eventually take a 24-2 lead early in the second quarter on a layup by Alexis Quenneville.

Johnson State (0-3, 0-1 NAC) was competitive in the second quarter, including a three-pointer by Jocelyn Pellerin to help the home team close to within 18 at 30-12 at halftime. However, the Badgers could not get anything going in the second half, failing to score a point in the entire third quarter and going scoreless in the fourth quarter until Devin Libby hit a layup with a little more than two minutes to go in the game.

Meanwhile, the Castleton bench received significant playing time, especially in the second half. Heather Kervin finished with seven points, three rebounds, two assists, and two steals, and Brooke Raiche contributed six points, four rebounds, and two assists.

As a team, the Spartans shot 36.7 percent from the field (29-of-79), including 4-of-20 from behind the three-point line, and 66.7 percent from the free throw line (6-of-9). Castleton scored 22 second-chance points off 26 offensive rebounds and 39 points off 29 Johnson State turnovers.

The Badgers made just 15 percent (6-of-40) of their field goal attempts and only 1-of-12 attempts from the charity stripe. Page led Johnson State with four points, and Pellerin earned three points, five rebounds, and two steals.

The 14 points allowed by the Spartans are the fewest given up in a single game since head coach Tim Barrett took over the helm in 2001-02. The previous low was 16 points scored by Wheelock on Jan. 17, 2004, in a 72-16 Castleton win.

Castleton (5-0, 1-0 NAC) hosts New England College Saturday, Dec. 2, at Glenbrook Gym starting at 1 p.m.