NOTE: This is a revised version of the release originally sent out earlier Monday afternoon.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – After a historic week both individually and as part of the Castleton University women's basketball team, senior Makayla Farrara has been named to the weekly Honor Roll by the New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA), announced Monday by the organization.
Entering Thursday's game against Norwich, Farrara needed eight points to become the 16th player in program history to score at least 1,000 career points. Her 1,000th and 1,001st points came with 42 seconds remaining in the first quarter, and then she kept going, shooting 10-of-16 from the field, including 4-of-8 from behind the three-point line, and 6-of-6 from the free throw line for a career-high 30 points, the first 30-point game by a Castleton player in three years.
Saturday, she shook off the emotions of the Senior Day ceremony in time to score a game-high 19 points as Castleton clinched the regular season North Atlantic Conference title with a 69-36 victory over Green Mountain. Farrara scored seven points during Castleton's 16-0 scoring run in the third quarter that broke the game open.
Farrara also hit all four free throw attempts Saturday to extend her streak of consecutive made free throws to 36, dating back to the Jan. 20 game against Thomas. She leads the NAC in free throw percentage at 90 percent (99-of-110), plus she is fifth in the league in both scoring at 14.3 points per game and in three-point field goal percentage at 36.5 percent (42-of-115).
Farrara is the first Castleton player to earn a spot on the NEWBA Honor Roll since Amanda Beatty was honored Feb. 13, 2017, after averaging 26 points and six rebounds per game in road victories at Maine Maritime and at Husson.
Castleton, 21-4 overall, won the NAC regular season title with a 16-2 league mark and will host the semifinals and finals of the NAC Women's Basketball Tournament Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24. The Spartans will face the winner of Tuesday's quarterfinal game between Lyndon and Maine Maritime in the first semifinal Friday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. at Glenbrook Gym.