NEW LONDON, N.H. – After a slow start, Castleton University combined strong defense and timely offense in the middle two quarters to pull away with a 62-37 victory over Colby-Sawyer College Tuesday evening in a North Atlantic Conference women's basketball game at Coffin Field House.
Brooke Raiche and Makayla Farrara led the scoring charge with three three-pointers apiece as Raiche scored 15 points and Farrara added 13 points and three steals. Both players also finished with five rebounds and four assists each. Emilee Bose made a significant contribution off the bench, adding eight points and a team-high seven rebounds to the winning effort.
Colby-Sawyer (4-2, 1-1 NAC) took the lead midway through the first quarter on consecutive baskets by Lexie Hamilton and Emmani Robinson. After Raiche hit a layup to tie the game at 8-8, Robinson hit another jumper to give the Chargers a 10-8 advantage after the first quarter.
Castleton scored the first 10 points of the second quarter, with all three Raiche sisters making one shot apiece and Abbie Lesure capping the run with a three-pointer. Colby-Sawyer scored the next six points to close to within two at 18-16 halfway through the quarter, but the Spartans responded with 14 unanswered points, led by Raiche and Farrara with two three-pointers apiece.
Joslin Wainwright hit a layup in the final seconds of the half to end the Spartan run, but Castleton still held a 32-18 lead at halftime. The Spartans put the game away in the final six minutes of the third quarter, rattling off a 19-0 scoring run started by Farrara's third three-pointer of the night as she scored seven points during the stretch.
For the second straight game, Castleton did not allow an opposing player to reach double figures in scoring, as Robinson led the Chargers with eight points and 13 rebounds, while Hamilton also scored eight points. As a team, Colby-Sawyer shot 29.2 percent (14-for-48) from the field, including 1-for-12 from behind the three-point line, and 66.7 percent (8-for-12) from the free throw line.
The Spartans shot 37.5 percent (24-for-64) from the field, including 8-for-24 from behind the three-point line, and 75 percent (6-for-8) from the free throw line. Castleton won the rebounding battle, 42-35, and forced the Chargers into 24 turnovers, scoring 22 points off those mistakes.
Castleton (7-0, 3-0 NAC) hosts Maine Maritime Friday, Dec. 8, at 5:30 p.m. and Husson Saturday, Dec. 9, at 1 p.m. at Glenbrook Gym.