CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's basketball team hits the road for the second straight weekend, this time making the short drive south to Poultney, Vt., to take on Green Mountain College Saturday, Feb. 3, starting at 1 p.m.
The Spartans improved to 16-3 overall and 12-1 within the North Atlantic Conference with an 82-42 victory over Lyndon Tuesday night, Castleton's highest offensive output since scoring 86 points in the season opener against Elms Nov. 15. Castleton remains on top of the NAC standings by one-and-a-half games over Colby-Sawyer, who hosts Maine Maritime and Husson over the weekend.
Makayla Farrara has made 17 straight free throw attempts and is now 18th in the country in free throw percentage at 87.9 percent, leading the team to a free throw percentage of 74.1 percent, 24th in Division III. Ashlie Fay has earned nine assists and four steals in three straight games to move into second in the NAC in steals per game (2.9) and third in the league in assists per game (4.4).
Green Mountain enters Saturday's game with a 5-14 overall record after defeating John Jay Wednesday, 64-48. The Eagles are 1-12 in conference play, with their only league win of the season coming at Johnson State on Jan. 6, 77-64.
Mercedes Rideout leads the Eagles in scoring with 13.3 points per game, while Sharena Armstrong leads the team with 7.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots per game to go along with 13.2 points per game. Taylor Hill is averaging 7.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game, and Britanny Frasier is contributing 7.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.
Castleton and Green Mountain are facing each other for the 59th time, with the Spartans holding a 36-22 series advantage, including a 16-game winning streak over the Eagles. Last year, Castleton swept the season series, starting with a 73-18 victory at Glenbrook Gym, led by Farrara with 14 points and Morgan Raiche May with 13 points and 12 rebounds. In the rematch at Green Mountain, the Spartans won, 74-24, led by 13 points from Alexis Quenneville.
After Saturday's game, Castleton returns to Glenbrook Gym for a contest against Colby-Sawyer College Tuesday, Feb. 6, starting at 5:30 p.m.