CASTLETON, Vt. – After a long weekend road trip that included a double overtime contest, the Castleton University women's basketball team will play its third game in the span of five days, hosting the Lyndon State College Hornets Tuesday, Jan. 30, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Glenbrook Gym.
The Spartans split its conference games over the weekend, recovering from an 81-77 double overtime loss at Husson Friday evening to defeat Maine Maritime Saturday afternoon, 65-54. Castleton, currently at 15-3 overall, remains in first place in the North Atlantic Conference standings at 11-1, one game in front of Colby-Sawyer with six league games left in the regular season.
Led by Makayla Farrara, now 21st in the country in free throw percentage at 87.6 percent, the Spartans are now 27th in Division III in free throw percentage at 73.9 percent after a season-best effort of 87.5 percent (28-of-32) from the charity stripe Saturday at Maine Maritime. Amanda Beatty led Castleton in scoring over the weekend by averaging 19.0 points per game, featuring a season-high 25 points at Husson Friday.
Lyndon improved to 11-7 overall and 7-4 within the conference with a 59-45 victory over Johnson State Saturday. The Hornets come into Tuesday's game in fourth place in the NAC standings, a half-game ahead of Maine Maritime and New England College.
Mikayla Hodge has emerged as one of the best players in the conference, leading the league with 20.1 points, 14.8 rebounds, and 1.9 blocked shots per game. She is shooting 46.3 percent from the field, including 42.5 percent from behind the three-point line, and 86.0 percent from the free throw line. In the NCAA Division III statistical rankings, Hodge is second in double-doubles (18), sixth in rebounds per game, and 24th in points per game.
The Spartans improved their series advantage over the Hornets to 44-16 with a 59-41 victory Jan. 6 at Stannard Gym. Farrara led Castleton with 18 points, Beatty contributed 13 points, and Taylor Raiche pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds. Hodge led Lyndon with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
After Tuesday's game, Castleton heads south to Poultney, Vt., to take on Green Mountain Saturday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m. The Spartans then return home to face Colby-Sawyer College next Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 5:30 p.m.