CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's basketball team looks to take care of business as it heads east to face Thomas College Friday, Feb. 9, at 5:30 p.m. and Maine-Farmington Saturday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m.
Castleton lost to Colby-Sawyer Tuesday, 48-46, but remains on top of the North Atlantic Conference standings at 13-2, one game in front of the Chargers. The Spartans are 17th in Division III in both scoring defense, allowing just 50.3 points per game, and in field goal percentage defense, as opponents have made just 32.7 percent of their field goal attempts.
Although she did not attempt a free throw Tuesday, Makayla Farrara remains in the top 20 in Division III in free throw percentage, currently 18th at 87.9 percent. With six steals against the Chargers, Ashlie Fay has moved into 40th in the country in steals per game with 3.1 thefts per game to go along with 5.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game.
Thomas enters the weekend with an 8-13 overall record, including a 5-9 mark within the NAC that puts the Terriers in seventh place in the league standings, two-and-a-half games behind sixth place NEC. Thomas, currently on a six-game losing streak, is scoring 63.0 points and allowing 64.5 points per game as well as shooting 35.7 percent from the field, including 30.7 percent from behind the three-point line, and 64.7 percent from the free throw line.
Molly Carroll is the team's leading scorer at 9.2 points per game, just ahead of Amira Jones with 8.8 points along with 6.1 rebounds per game. Sammie Griffin is shooting 36.7 percent from behind the three-point line as she is scoring 8.5 points per game, while Jordan Turner is contributing 7.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.2 steals per game.
In the first meeting between the two schools at Glenbrook Gym Jan. 20, the Spartans jumped out to an early lead and then held on to defeat the Terriers, 69-58. Farrara led Castleton with 21 points, while Fay finished with nine points, seven rebounds, seven assists, and four steals. Jones collected 15 points and nine rebounds, while Turner ended up with 15 points, eight rebounds, and three assists.
Maine-Farmington starts the weekend at 6-15 overall, including 3-11 within the NAC to sit in eighth place in the league standings. After splitting its games last weekend, the Beavers lost a non-conference game at Colby Tuesday night, 72-36. As a team, UMF is scoring 50.7 points and allowing 70.1 points per game as well as shooting 29.1 percent from the field, including 25 percent from behind the three-point line, and 68.9 percent from the free throw line.
Morgan Crocker is the team's leading scorer at 13.0 points per game, while McKenna Brodeur has returned for the Beavers after missing 12 games, averaging 11.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.7 steals per game in the nine contests she has appeared in. Paige Carter leads the squad in rebounding at 8.6 boards per game.
On Jan. 19 at Glenbrook Gym, Castleton held Maine-Farmington to single-digit scoring in each quarter on its way to a 71-28 victory. Farrara finished with 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals, while Taylor Raiche shot 8-of-11 from the field for 16 points and five rebounds. Malloy led the Beavers with 13 points, including two three-pointers.
After this weekend, Castleton closes out the regular season at home against Norwich Thursday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. and Green Mountain next Saturday, Feb. 17, starting at 1 p.m.