CASTLETON, Vt. – After a break of over three weeks, the Castleton University women's basketball team resumes the 2017-18 season with a home game against Williams College Tuesday, Jan. 2, starting at 7 p.m. at Glenbrook Gym.
Castleton is one of 11 Division III teams entering the new year with an undefeated record, as the Spartans have won their first nine games. The Spartans improved their conference mark to 5-0 on Dec. 9 with a 71-56 victory over Husson.
As a team, the Spartans are 20th in the country in scoring defense, allowing just 49.7 points per game, and 24th in Division III in scoring margin at 19.6 points per game as Castleton is scoring 69.2 points per contest. Individually, Alexis Quenneville is 17th in the country in three-point field goal percentage at 48.1 percent, and Ashlie Fay is 22nd in the nation in steals per game with 3.89 thefts per game.
Williams enters Tuesday's game with a 7-4 overall record, last playing Dec. 20-21 in the Division III St. Petersburg Classic, losing to DePauw (57-47) before defeating Chatham (70-49). As a team, the Ephs are scoring 63.9 points per game and allowing 57.5 points per contest, plus they are shooting 42.1 percent from the field, including 30.6 percent from behind the three-point line, and 63.2 percent from the free throw line.
Amanni Fernandez leads the Ephs in scoring at 14.4 points per game, plus she has collected 4.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. Kristin Fechtelkotter is scoring 13.3 points per game, and she leads the team with 6.9 rebounds per contest. In addition, Fechtelkotter is 21st in the country in field goal percentage at 57.3 percent and 33rd in Division III in total blocked shots with 22 blocks.
The Spartans and Ephs are meeting for the fifth consecutive season, with Williams winning each of the previous four games. Last season in Williamstown, Mass., the Ephs held off the Spartans, 55-47, despite Makayla Farrara hitting five three-pointers on her way to a 24-point performance. Devon Caveney led Williams with 18 points and four steals, and Fechtelkotter notched a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
After Tuesday's game, Castleton resumes conference play with a road game at Lyndon Saturday, Jan. 6, starting at 1 p.m.