CASTLETON, Vt. – After putting together its own comeback to take the lead in the fourth quarter, Castleton University fell victim to a rally by Williams College, as the Ephs defeated the Spartans, 72-62, Tuesday night in a non-conference collegiate women's basketball game at Glenbrook Gym.
Emilee Bose led Castleton with a career-high 16 points, while Amanda Beatty finished with 12 points, Alexis Quenneville hit three three-pointers on her way to 11 points, and Brooke Raiche contributed 10 points and eight rebounds.
Down by as much as 14 points four minutes into the second quarter, Castleton went on an 11-2 scoring run over the next five minutes to close to within five at 29-24. The two teams went back and forth through most of the third quarter, with Emily Chang hitting a three-pointer to give Williams a 46-40 lead with 1:19 left in the third quarter.
The Spartans scored nine unanswered points over the next three minutes, with a three-pointer by Quenneville one minute into the fourth quarter giving Castleton its first lead of the night. After Chang made another three-pointer to tie the game at 51-51, Quenneville answered with her own three-pointer and then fed Beatty for a layup to give the Spartans a 56-51 advantage with seven minutes remaining in regulation.
Williams (8-4) scored 15 unanswered points in a five-minute span, highlighted by two more three-pointers from Chang sandwiched around a layup by Kristin Fechtelkotter that gave the Ephs the lead for good. During that span, Castleton committed five turnovers and missed seven shots before Beatty converted a putback with 34 seconds left on the clock.
Amanni Fernandez played the entire game, leading the Ephs with 17 points, nine rebounds, and three steals. Chang finished with 14 points, and Fechtelkotter fought through foul trouble to end up with 13 points and two steals.
As a team, Williams shot 45.8 percent (22-of-48) from the field, including 7-of-19 from behind the three-point line, and 84.0 percent (21-of-25) from the free throw line, over 20 percentage points higher than its season free throw shooting percentage entering the game. The Ephs won the rebounding battle, 31-28, and scored 21 points off 20 Castleton turnovers.
The Spartans hit 9-of-17 shots from the field in the fourth quarter to raise its field goal percentage for the game to 38 percent (19-of-50), including 4-of-14 from behind the three-point line. Castleton made 83.3 percent (20-of-24) of its free throw attempts and forced Williams into committing 19 turnovers.
Castleton (9-1) returns to conference play Saturday, Jan. 6, traveling to face the Lyndon Hornets for a 1 p.m. tipoff in a battle of two of the top teams in the North Atlantic Conference standings. After a road game at Middlebury next Tuesday, Jan. 9, the Spartans return home to face Johnson State Saturday, Jan. 13, starting at 1 p.m.