NEW LONDON, N.H. – For the second time in four days, Castleton University completed a season sweep of a conference foe on the road, using solid play at both ends of the floor to defeat Colby-Sawyer College, 69-43, Tuesday night in a North Atlantic Conference women's collegiate basketball game at Coffin Field House.
Castleton scored the first five points of the game, and then the Spartans went on an 8-1 scoring run, capped by a three-pointer from Alexis Quenneville, to extend their lead to 13-3. Still holding a 10-point lead after the first quarter, Castleton used five points from Makayla Farrara in the first two minutes of the second quarter to extend its advantage to 22-7.
Farrara and Quenneville scored five points apiece during a 10-4 scoring run that gave the Spartans a 32-12 lead halfway through the second quarter. Lindsay Sabo hit a three-pointer to give Castleton its biggest lead of the first half at 35-14, but Colby-Sawyer would end the half on a modest 6-2 scoring run to go into halftime down 37-20.
The two teams exchanged baskets for the first three minutes of the third quarter, and then Castleton broke away, putting together a 13-1 scoring run during the rest of the quarter to establish a 59-31 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Taylor Raiche scored the first three points of the final period, but Colby-Sawyer kept fighting, scoring nine unanswered points as it outscored Castleton in the fourth quarter, 12-10.
Farrara shot 6-of-12 from the field, including 4-of-7 from behind the three-point line, and 4-of-4 from the free throw line as she led the Spartans with 20 points and four steals, while Amanda Beatty finished with 16 points and five rebounds. Sabo contributed 12 points, and Quenneville reached double figures in scoring for the second straight game with 10 points off the bench.
Ashlie Fay made a significant contribution to the winning effort with eight assists and five rebounds, while Morgan Raiche and Katlyn Toomey led Castleton with seven rebounds apiece. As a team, the Spartans shot 41.8 percent (23-of-55) from the field, including 9-of-18 from behind the three-point line, and 70 percent (14-of-20) from the free throw line.
Colby-Sawyer (13-7, 8-5 NAC) was led by Kristin Ellis with 12 points and Emmani Robinson with seven points and eight rebounds. The Chargers were held to 28.8 percent (15-of-52) field goal shooting, including 1-of-10 from behind the three-point line, plus they hit 66.7 percent (12-of-18) of their free throw attempts.
Castleton (11-8, 9-3 NAC), still in third place in the league standings just a half-game behind second place New England College, hosts Thomas College Friday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. and Maine-Farmington Saturday, Feb. 4, at 3 p.m.