FARMINGTON, Maine – After a sluggish start, Castleton University took control in the second quarter, and then withstood a comeback attempt by Maine-Farmington early in the third quarter to defeat the Beavers, 63-48, Saturday afternoon in a North Atlantic Conference women's basketball game at Dearborn Gym.
Amanda Beatty notched her first double-double of the season, leading the Spartans with 20 points and 10 rebounds, plus she collected three steals. Makayla Farrara finished with 19 points, including a perfect 8-for-8 effort from the free throw line to extend her streak of consecutive made free throws to 26. Alexis Quenneville hit three three-pointers to finish with nine points, and Emilee Bose contributed nine points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocked shots off the bench.
Maine-Farmington (7-16, 4-12 NAC) hung with the Spartans in the first quarter, putting together an 11-2 scoring run in the final six-and-a-half minutes of the quarter to pull ahead, 15-8. Cheyenne Malloy hit a three-pointer late in the quarter, and then Kasey Talarico hit a jumper right before the buzzer to extend the Beaver advantage.
Castleton responded right away, opening the second quarter with 13 unanswered points in the first three minutes of the period, the last six points of the stretch scored by Farrara. After Malloy hit a three-pointer to stop that Spartan run, Castleton put together another 7-0 scoring run, capped by a block and fast break layup by Brooke Raiche, to go into the locker room ahead 28-20 at halftime.
The Beavers made another comeback attempt to start the third quarter, putting together a 9-2 scoring run in the first three minutes of the second half, punctuated by three-pointers from Jenessa Talarico and Haley Felkel. Ahead by just one halfway through the period, Castleton outscored UMF 14-5 down the stretch to extend its advantage to 49-39 after the third quarter. The Spartans put the game away with a 10-3 scoring run late in the fourth quarter.
Malloy and McKenna Brodeur led the Beavers with 10 points apiece, while Jenessa Talarico dished out a game-high 10 assists. As a team, UMF shot 37.5 percent (18-of-48) from the field, including 5-of-11 from behind the three-point line, and 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from the free throw line.
After shooting just 20 percent from the field in the first half, Castleton finished the game at 38.3 percent (23-of-60) in field goal attempts, including 4-of-13 from behind the three-point line, and 86.7 percent (13-of-15) from the free throw line. The Spartans dominated the boards, 42-25, including 17 offensive rebounds, and they scored 18 points off 21 Beaver turnovers.
Castleton University (19-4, 15-2 NAC) closes out the regular season with two home games, first hosting Norwich in a rescheduled contest Thursday, Feb. 15, starting at 7 p.m. The Spartans will then celebrate Senior Day next Saturday, Feb. 17, with a contest against Green Mountain beginning at 1 p.m.