CASTLETON, Vt. – Currently at the top of the North Atlantic Conference standings, the Castleton University women's basketball team begins 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.
The Spartans improved to 7-0 overall, including 3-0 within the league, with a 62-37 victory at Colby-Sawyer Tuesday. Over the last four games, Castleton has held its opponents to 37.0 points per game, and the Spartans are now 14th in the country in scoring defense, allowing just 47.7 points per game.
Makayla Farrara currently leads the team in scoring at 13.3 points per game, followed by Amanda Beatty with 11.0 points per game and Alexis Quenneville with 10.0 points per contest. Quenneville is 20th in Division III in three-point field goal percentage at 48.6 percent, while Ashlie Fay is 12th in the country in total steals with 29 thefts.
Maine Maritime enters Friday's game with a 3-2 overall record, including a 1-1 mark within the NAC, after losing at Husson Saturday, 58-50. As a team, the Mariners are scoring 63.2 points and allowing 52.4 points per game while shooting 39.3 percent from the field, including 26.1 percent from behind the three-point line, and 60.2 percent from the free throw line.
Alayne Felix is the team's leading player, averaging 15.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Megan McLean is contributing 8.6 points, 4.6 assists, and 2.8 steals per game for the Mariners.
Castleton won both games over Maine Maritime last season, starting with a 63-53 victory at Glenbrook Gym, led by Taylor Raiche with 18 points and Farrara with 16 points. In the rematch in Castine, Maine, the Spartans outscored the Mariners in the fourth quarter 20-9 to earn the 60-49 win, led by Beatty with 28 points and six rebounds.
Husson is 2-2 overall entering the weekend, but just a half-game behind Castleton and Lyndon in the NAC standings with a 2-0 league mark. As a team, the Eagles are scoring 56.3 points and allowing 57.8 points per game while shooting 33.6 percent from the field, including 24.4 percent from behind the three-point line, and 66.7 percent from the free throw line.
Kenzie Worcester leads the Eagles with 18.0 points, 2.3 assists, and 2.3 steals per game. Sarah Bragg is contributing 8.5 points and a team-high 6.3 rebounds per contest.
The teams split the season series last year, with each squad winning on the other team's home court. Husson cruised to a 68-36 victory at Glenbrook Gym, led by Worcester with 16 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. In the rematch in Bangor, Maine, Castleton took the lead in the third quarter and then held on for a 59-54 victory, led by Beatty's 24 points and Fay with 11 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and two steals.
After this weekend's games, Castleton welcomes intrastate rival Norwich to Glenbrook Gym Tuesday, Dec. 12, for a 7 p.m. tipoff.