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Women's Basketball Downs Plymouth State in LEC Opener, 55-41

Women's Basketball Downs Plymouth State in LEC Opener, 55-41

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's basketball team picked up its first-ever Little East Conference victory on Wednesday evening, taking down Plymouth State, 55-41, at Glenbrook Gymnasium.

Brooke Raiche led all scorers with 19 points while pulling in a game-high eight rebounds for the Spartans (5-1, 1-0 LEC). Alexis Quenneville added 11 points and three boards, while Katlyn Toomey pulled in six rebounds to go along with six points. Olivia Perry finished with six points off the bench, while Ajla Medic added five points as a reserve in eight minutes of action.

Plymouth State (5-2, 0-1 LEC) was led by Jess Conant with 18 points and three assists, while Cassidy Emerson led the team with five board in addition to her six points. Chenysse Hill added five steals and a block on the defensive end for the Panthers.

Castleton posted a 41.5 percent (17-for-41) mark from the floor, while Plymouth State managed an 18-for-44 (40.9 percent) night from the field. The Spartans added 18 points on 24 free throw attempts (75.0 percent), while Plymouth was just 5-for-10 from the line.

The Panthers tallied the first bucket of the game to go up 2-0 early, but Castleton answered with a 14-2 run to close the quarter, allowing Plymouth State just two field goals in the first frame. Raiche had six first-quarter points, including a four-point play when she buried a three and the ensuing free throw after being fouled.

The Panthers stormed back in the second quarter to close the gap, outscoring Castleton 20-14 in the frame, though Castleton took a 28-24 lead into the break.

The Spartans re-opened the gap in the third quarter, opening the stanza on an 8-1 run that spanned nearly seven minutes before the Panthers netted their first field goal of the half. The Spartans outscored Plymouth 14-7 in the third frame, opening up an 11-point lead going into the final quarter.

Quenneville came to life in the final 10 minutes, shooting 2-of-4 from the field while adding a pair of free throws to score seven of her 11 points in the fourth quarter. Her two free throws with 45 seconds remaining gave Castleton its largest lead of the game at 16 points, but a jumper by Plymouth's Maysen Tyler at the other end gave the game its final score, 55-41.

Castleton returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Southern Maine at 1 p.m. at Glenbrook Gym.