CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's basketball team will kick off the final two weeks of the regular season by hosting Colby-Sawyer College Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 5:30 p.m. at Glenbrook Gym.
Castleton, 17-3 overall, holds a two-game lead in the North Atlantic Conference standings with a 13-1 league mark. Colby-Sawyer is in second place at 11-3 as part of a 16-5 overall record, with four conference games remaining for both the Spartans and the Chargers.
Makayla Farrara remains the leader in the conference in free throw percentage at 87.9 percent, with Amanda Beatty ninth in the category at 71.7 percent from the charity stripe. Farrara is also sixth in the league in three-point field goal percentage at 37.6 percent, with teammate Alexis Quenneville fourth in the NAC in the same category at 40.8 percent.
As a team, Castleton leads the NAC in scoring offense at 67.8 points per game as well as in scoring defense, allowing just 50.4 points per contest. The Spartans also hold the conference lead in team free throw percentage, hitting 73.8 percent of their free throw chances, including 78.1 percent (89-for-114) of their attempts over the past five games.
Colby-Sawyer split its conference games last weekend, losing to Maine Maritime, 54-37, before defeating Husson, 80-72. As a team, the Chargers are scoring 63.9 points and allowing 51.2 points per game, plus they are shooting 38.0 percent from the field, including 26.5 percent from behind the three-point line, and 68.3 percent from the free throw line.
Tianna Sugars is averaging a double-double with 14.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game, leading the Chargers in both categories. Lexie Hamilton is averaging 13.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 7.0 assists, and 2.2 steals per game, and Emmani Robinson is shooting 54.5 percent from the field as she is contributing 11.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 2.9 steals per contest.
In the first meeting of the season between the two schools, Castleton defeated Colby-Sawyer in New London, N.H., 62-37. Brooke Raiche led the Spartans with 15 points, five rebounds, and four assists, Farrara scored 13 points along with five rebounds, four assists, and three steals, and Emilee Bose contributed eight points and seven rebounds. Robinson led the Chargers with eight points and 13 rebounds.
After Tuesday's game, Castleton makes its final road trip of the regular season, traveling to Maine to face Thomas Friday, Feb. 9, at 5:30 p.m. and Maine-Farmington Saturday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m.