WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – The Castleton University women's basketball team extended its winning streak to six games on Tuesday night, picking up its first road win in Little East Conference action against Eastern Connecticut by a final score of 59-48.
The Spartans (11-3, 3-2 LEC) controlled play throughout, shooting 38.3 percent (23-of-60) from the floor, while holding the Warriors (8-4, 4-1 LEC) to 32.8 percent (19-of-58) shooting. The Spartans buried eight threes on the evening while holding the opposition to 0-for-15 from long range. Eastern Connecticut had a 41-36 edge on the glass, and both teams had 24 total points in the paint.
Brooke Raiche tallied a game-high 26 points, her fifth 20-plus point outing of the season. She also pulled in a team-high eight rebounds in the victory. Alexis Quenneville, fresh off LEC Player of the Week accolades, dropped 14 points while dishing out four assists. Abbie Lesure had a strong night all-around, scoring five points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists. Katlyn Toomey and Tessa Davenport added seven boards apiece for the Spartans.
Mya Villard led the Warriors with 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including her 1,000th career point in the early going. She added 11 boards for the double-double. Julie Jordan chipped in with 11 points for Eastern Connecticut, while Kelsey Santagata had eight points and nine rebounds.
Eastern Connecticut started out the game on a 6-0 run and led 8-2 with six minutes to play in the opening frame, but Castleton closed out the quarter on an 11-0 run highlighted by seven points from Raiche to take a 13-8 lead into the second quarter.
Quenneville and Lesure opened the second quarter much the same as the Spartans closed the first, hitting unanswered threes to extend Castleton's run to 17 points while pushing the lead to 19-8 before Villard stopped the bleeding with a free throw for the Warriors. Another three by Quenneville in the waning seconds of the half sent the Spartans to the locker room leading by 12 points, 31-19.
The Warriors came out of the locker room on a 10-2 run, narrowing the Castleton lead to just four points less than four minutes into the third quarter. Five quick points from Quenneville on a three ball and layup on consecutive possessions pushed the lead back to nine before Eastern Connecticut slowly whittled the edge down to five points heading into the final 10 minutes of play.
Olivia Perry and Lesure opened the fourth quarter with baskets for the Spartans to get the lead back to nine points, but it was all Raiche from there. The sophomore hit a layup with 7:37 to play, kicking off run of 15 consecutive Spartan points from Raiche to close out the contest and give Castleton the 59-48 victory.
The Spartans are back in action on Thursday evening when they travel to take on Keene State in an LEC matchup. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.