NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Castleton University women's basketball team got back in the win column on Saturday afternoon, taking down Norwich University in a battle between the two Vermont schools, 58-50, in Northfield.
Brooke Raiche led all scorers with 20 points in the contest, while Alexis Quenneville added 16 points and Ashleay Wilcox dropped a career-high 14 points off the bench. Wilcox was an impressive 5-of-8 from the field, including a 3-for-5 mark from three-point range in the contest. Katlyn Toomey led the way on the glass for the Spartans (6-3) with nine rebounds, seven of which came on the defensive end.
The Cadets (3-6) were led by 11 points from Emily Oliver as she was the only Norwich player to crack double digits. Vanessa Fleury added nine points and a game-high 13 rebounds for the Cadets, while Mary Casamassa chipped in with seven points and seven boards.
The Spartans shot 21-of-55 (38.2 percent) from the field, while Norwich managed just 19-of-57 (33.3 percent) from the floor. Castleton was lights out from long range, going 9-for-20 from three-point range while the Cadets managed just a 5-for-19 day from distance. The rebounding battle went to Norwich by a 34-32 margin, while Castleton turned it over just eight times in the contest.
The Cadets stormed out to an early lead, scoring seven unanswered points to open play. Trailing 7-0 just two minutes into the contest, Castleton turned up the offense, taking a 10-9 lead on a layup by Raiche with 1:33 to go in the opening frame to cap a 10-2 run. Norwich added the last two baskets of the quarter to take a 13-10 lead into the second stanza.
Castleton posted yet another 10-2 run to open the second quarter, gaining back the lead and pushing it to a five-point edge on a triple from Wilcox. Back-to-back threes from Quenneville and Wilcox later in the quarter stretched the Spartan advantage to nine points with less than three minutes to play until the halftime break. Anna Iannotti added a bucket with less than 10 seconds until halftime, giving the Spartans a 31-21 edge at the end of 20 minutes.
Both sides struggled out of the locker room in the third quarter, as Castleton managed to outscore Norwich just 10-8 in the frame, but both offenses turned up the heat in the final 10 minutes. Leading by 12 with just 10 minutes to play, the Spartans looked to hold off a comeback attempt from the Cadets.
Casamassa and Wilcox traded baskets for the two sides to open the quarter a sign of things to come for the final frame. Each time the Cadets scored, Castleton had an answer as Norwich never scored more than five unanswered points in the final frame despite outscoring the Spartans by four points in the final 10 minutes to end the game, 58-50.
Castleton hits the hardwood once more on Friday at Colby-Sawyer. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. in New London, N.H.