CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's basketball team could not shake Maine Maritime Academy, but the Spartans held their ground to defeat the Mariners, 65-57, Friday evening in a North Atlantic Conference contest at Glenbrook Gym.
Alexis Quenneville led the Spartans with 19 points, hitting three of her game-high four three-pointers in the second half at key times. Amanda Beatty struggled from the free throw line early, but finished 8-for-14 from the charity stripe as she collected 10 points and six rebounds, while three other Castleton players scored eight points apiece.
Castleton established a nine-point advantage at 22-13 four minutes into the second quarter on a layup by Brooke Raiche, but Maine Maritime battled back, putting together an 11-1 run to close out the first half, led by Caitlin Kane with six points.
Taylor Raiche scored six straight points in the first two minutes of the third quarter to give Castleton a 31-26 lead, but the Mariners once again rallied, as Alayne Felix scored six unanswered points to put Maine Maritime back on top, 32-31. After Makayla Farrara hit a three-pointer, Felix made two free throws to tie the game at 34-34, but Quenneville hit a three-pointer with 3:51 left in the third quarter to give the Spartans the lead for good.
Maine Maritime (3-3, 1-2 NAC) received a buzzer beating three-pointer from Melinda Ogden at the end of the third quarter, and then the Mariners closed to within three at 46-43 on a jumper by Emily Melick at the start of the fourth quarter. Beatty scored six unanswered points and Ashlie Fay converted a traditional three-point play to extend the Spartan lead to 10 at 55-45 three minutes into the final quarter, and the Mariners would not get much closer the rest of the way.
Felix led all players with 20 points, but she was the only Mariner to reach double figures in scoring. Maine Maritime shot just 30.2 percent (16-for-53) from the field, including 3-for-12 from behind the three-point line, and 71 percent (22-for-31) from the free throw line.
As a team, Castleton shot 37.8 percent (17-for-45) from the field, including 6-for-16 from behind the three-point line, and 64.1 percent (25-for-39) from the free throw line. The Mariners won the rebounding battle, 39-34, but committed 20 turnovers, leading to 19 Spartan points.
Castleton (8-0, 4-0 NAC) hosts Husson in a battle of two of the three remaining teams undefeated so far in conference play Saturday, Dec. 9, at 1 p.m. at Glenbrook Gym. Maine Maritime heads to Poultney, Vt., to face Green Mountain.