CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's basketball team brings a 6-0 overall record into a busy stretch of four games in eight days, starting Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Colby-Sawyer College with a 5:30 p.m. tipoff in New London, N.H.
The Spartans are off to their best start since the 2012-13 season, when they won their first 13 games of the year on their way to a 29-2 overall record and the ECAC Championship. Castleton is one of four teams in the North Atlantic Conference yet to lose a league game entering the week, along with Lyndon, Husson, and Colby-Sawyer.
Alexis Quenneville has been Castleton's top shooter through the first six games, leading the NAC in three-point field goal percentage at 53.1 percent and sitting in third in the league in overall field goal percentage at 52.3 percent. Makayla Farrara is fourth in the conference from long distance at 44.4 percent as she leads the Spartans in scoring with 13.3 points per game, followed by Amanda Beatty at 11.8 points per game and Quenneville with 10.8 points per contest.
Coming off her first career double-double, senior Ashlie Fay improved her scoring average to 8.7 points per game, plus she leads the team with 6.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 4.3 steals per game. As a team, Castleton is scoring 70.8 points per game while holding opponents to 49.5 points per game, second in the league in both categories.
Colby-Sawyer is 4-1 overall, with its only loss coming to Middlebury in overtime last Friday, 66-59. The next day, the Chargers opened conference play with a 73-33 victory over Green Mountain, holding the Eagles under 10 points in three of the four quarters. As a team, Colby-Sawyer is scoring 62.2 points per game and allowing 47.4 points per game.
Tianna Sugars is averaging a double-double to lead the Chargers with 17.4 points and 10.6 rebounds per game as she is shooting 50 percent from the field and 90 percent from the free throw line. Lexie Hamilton runs the Colby-Sawyer offense, leading the team with 7.4 assists per game to go along with 15.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest.
This will be the 27th meeting all-time between Castleton and Colby-Sawyer, with the Spartans holding a slight 14-12 series edge. Castleton has won eight straight games over Colby-Sawyer, including a sweep of the season series last year.
At Glenbrook Gym, the Spartans rallied from a 19-point deficit in the third quarter to defeat the Chargers, 43-39, led by Lindsay Sabo with 11 points and four assists. In the rematch at Coffin Field House, Castleton cruised to a 69-43 victory, led by Farrara with 20 points and four steals, while Fay dished out eight assists and grabbed five rebounds.
After Tuesday's game, Castleton starts a four-game homestand with conference matchups against Maine Maritime Friday, Dec. 8, at 5:30 p.m. and Husson Saturday, Dec. 9, at 1 p.m.