Spartans Return to Conference Play at Lyndon

Spartans Return to Conference Play at Lyndon

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's basketball team looks to get back on the winning track as it travels to Lyndonville, Vt., to face the Lyndon State College Hornets Saturday, Jan. 6, starting at 1 p.m.

The Spartans saw their season-opening nine-game winning streak snapped Tuesday with a 72-62 loss to Williams. Dating back to last season, Castleton has won its last 14 North Atlantic Conference regular season contests in a row, including the last seven straight NAC road contests.

As a team, Castleton is currently in the top 35 in the NCAA Division III statistical rankings for scoring defense (29th, allowing 51.9 points per game), field goal percentage defense (32nd, opponents shooting 33.1 percent from field), and free throw percentage (33rd, hitting 72.8 percent of its free throw attempts).

After hitting three three-pointers Tuesday, Alexis Quenneville is now 18th in the country in three-point field goal percentage at 47.5 percent and 37th in made three-pointers per game (2.8). Ashlie Fay is 36th in Division III in steals per game (3.6), and Makayla Farrara is 44th in the nation in free throw percentage at 86.1 percent.

Lyndon improved to 6-4 overall with a 67-58 victory over Plymouth State Wednesday evening. The Hornets are tied with Husson for second place in the NAC standings with a 3-1 league mark, one-and-a-half games behind Castleton. As a team, Lyndon is scoring 67.7 points per game and allowing 59.5 points per contest, as the Hornets are shooting 38.7 percent from the field, including 32.8 percent from behind the three-point line, and 67.5 percent from the free throw line.

Mikayla Hodge has been one of the top players in the conference this season, currently second in the NAC in scoring and first in rebounding with 18.0 points and 13.9 rebounds per game. Hodge, second in the country with 10 double-doubles so far this season, is ninth in Division III in rebounding as well as 35th in the country with 2.3 blocked shots per game. Alissa Mitchell earned one of 10 triple-doubles in Division III this year Nov. 19 against Farmingdale State with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists.

Castleton and Lyndon will be meeting for the 60th time in history, with the Spartans holding a 43-16 series advantage. Castleton has won 22 straight games over Lyndon, with the Hornets' last win over the Spartans coming on Feb. 8, 2001 (61-49).

Last season, Castleton swept the season series, first defeating Lyndon 80-48 on Dec. 10, 2016 at Glenbrook Gym, led by Taylor Raiche with 17 points on 8-of-8 shooting from the field. On Feb. 16, 2017, in Lyndonville, Amanda Beatty scored 21 points and Quenneville hit six three-pointers for 18 points in Castleton's 80-62 win.

After Saturday's game, Castleton once again steps out of conference for a road game at Middlebury College Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. The Spartans return to Glenbrook Gym next Saturday, Jan. 13, hosting Johnson State for a 1 p.m. tipoff.