CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's basketball team will be hosting Thomas College in the One Love Awareness Game Saturday, Jan. 20, at Glenbrook Gym, one day after facing Maine-Farmington Friday evening, Jan. 19, as North Atlantic Conference play continues.
The Castleton women's basketball team has formed a partnership with the Yeardley Reynolds Love Foundation, known more commonly as One Love, to raise awareness about healthy and unhealthy relationships. One Love is an organization whose mission is to end relationship violence by educating young people, empowering them to speak up when they see relationship violence happening, and activating them to be voices leading the call for change.
Castleton, 12-2 overall, remains at the top of the NAC standings at 8-0 after defeating New England College Tuesday night, 70-63. The Spartans are scoring 66.0 points per game while allowing just 51.4 points per contest, currently 23rd in the country in scoring defense.
Makayla Farrara leads the Spartans in scoring at 12.1 points per game, plus she is 39th in the country in free throw percentage at 86.7 percent, making 28 of her last 32 attempts from the charity stripe (87.5 percent). Amanda Beatty has increased her scoring average to 11.5 points per game by reaching double figures in points 10 times this season, including 17 points Tuesday at NEC.
Maine-Farmington enters the weekend with a 4-10 overall record, including a 1-7 NAC mark to sit in a tie for eighth place in the league standings. As a team, the Beavers are scoring 52.4 points per game on 30.0 percent shooting from the field, including 22.8 percent from behind the three-point line, and 69.7 percent shooting from the free throw line.
Morgan Crocker leads the Beavers in scoring with 13.4 points per game, while Paige Carter leads the team with 9.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game to go along with 5.1 points per contest.
This will be the 29th meeting all-time between Castleton and Maine-Farmington, with the Spartans holding a 16-12 series edge. Castleton swept the season series last year, starting with a 49-47 victory in Farmington, Maine, led by 25 points from Farrara. In the rematch, the Spartans cruised to a 65-29 victory, led by Beatty with 25 points and six rebounds.
Thomas is enjoying its best season in a decade, improving to 7-7 overall and 4-3 in the conference with a 61-42 victory over Maine-Farmington Saturday. The Terriers, currently fifth in the NAC standings, are scoring 65.4 points and allowing 61.1 points per game as they are shooting 38.0 percent from the field, including 33.3 percent from behind the three-point line, and 64.6 percent from the free throw line.
Amira Jones and Molly Carroll are tied for the team scoring lead at 9.6 points per game, with Jones also pulling down 6.5 rebounds per game. Karli Stubbs is averaging 8.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, while Jordan Turner is contributing 6.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game.
The Spartans are meeting the Terriers for the 29th time in program history, holding a 24-4 series advantage that features an 18-game winning streak over Thomas. Castleton swept the season series last year, defeating Thomas 59-25, thanks to 17 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block from Farrara, and 59-38, as Beatty scored 18 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field.
After Saturday, Castleton plays five of its final eight NAC games on the road, starting next weekend with the first of two trips to Maine. The Spartans travel to Husson Friday, Jan. 26, and to Maine Maritime Saturday, Jan. 27.