CASTINE, Maine – In a hard-fought contest, Castleton University put together a couple of important scoring runs to take control, eventually defeating Maine Maritime Academy, 65-54, Saturday afternoon in a North Atlantic Conference women's basketball game at Smith Gym.
Amanda Beatty once again led the Spartans in scoring with 13 points, while Emilee Bose collected 10 points off the bench. Makayla Farrara and Brooke Raiche scored nine points apiece, and Ashlie Fay finished with seven points, a career-high 11 rebounds, nine assists for the second straight game, and four steals.
Maine Maritime (11-7, 7-5 NAC) scored the first five points of the game on a three-pointer by Melinda Ogden and two free throws by Megan McLean. The Mariners remained ahead until Beatty hit two free throws midway through the quarter, and then the lead went back-and-forth until two free throws by Farrara gave Castleton an 18-16 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Castleton's first major scoring run was a 9-0 stretch over four minutes of the second quarter, capped by a three-pointer from Farrara. Maine Maritime took a timeout and then held the Spartans scoreless over the final 3:46 of the first half, with a three-pointer by Alayne Felix helping the Mariners close to within 29-24 at halftime.
Caitlin Kane started the third quarter with a layup, and Ogden hit another three-pointer to bring the Mariners within two at 31-29. The two teams exchanged points until late in the third quarter, when the Spartans scored six unanswered points to help extend their lead to 46-40 at the end of the third quarter.
McLean hit a jumper to start the fourth quarter, but a layup by Beatty and two free throws from Brooke Raiche allowed Castleton to increase its lead to eight at 50-42. Eryn Doiron cut the Mariner deficit to five at 50-45, but that would be as close as the home team would get the rest of the way, as Brooke Raiche hit a key three-pointer with 3:17 left in regulation, and Fay would go 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 47 seconds to close out the Spartan win.
Felix led the Mariners with 15 points and eight rebounds, while Chloe Smedley scored 13 points off the bench for Maine Maritime. As a team, the Mariners shot 33.3 percent (18-of-54) from the field, including 5-of-21 from behind the three-point line, and 65 percent (13-of-20) from the free throw line.
The Spartans shot 44.7 percent (17-of-38) from the field, including 3-of-12 from behind the three-point line, and 87.5 percent (28-of-32) from the free throw line, the team's best performance from the charity stripe this season. Each team pulled down 30 rebounds, and Castleton committed just one more turnover than Maine Maritime, 19-18.
Castleton (15-3, 11-1 NAC) returns to Glenbrook Gym for a key NAC contest against the Lyndon Hornets Tuesday, Jan. 30, starting at 5:30 p.m.