CASTLETON, Vt. – Three players for Castleton University scored in double figures, and the Spartans received contributions from several others as they defeated New England College, 66-45, Saturday afternoon in a North Atlantic Conference women's collegiate basketball game at Glenbrook Gym.
Ashlie Fay notched her first career double-double, posting career high totals with 16 points and 10 rebounds, plus she dished out four assists and earned five steals. Amanda Beatty collected 14 points, four rebounds, and three steals, and Brooke Raiche contributed 10 points, four rebounds, and two steals off the bench.
Daleia Boutwell scored the first basket of the game for New England College, but Castleton responded with the next 13 points, capped by a jumper from Morgan Raiche May. A three-pointer by Rene Hudson started a 7-0 run for the Pilgrims, closed their deficit to four at 17-13 after the first quarter.
Castleton scored the first five points of the second quarter, but the Pilgrims scored six unanswered points, capped by a layup from Jada Black, to pull within two at 24-22 midway through the second quarter. The Spartans closed the first half with an 8-1 scoring run, punctuated by a layup by Fay to increase the Castleton lead to 32-23 at halftime.
The Spartans established a double-digit lead in the third quarter thanks to a 9-2 scoring run, with Raiche hitting her two three-pointers in the span of one-and-a-half minutes to give Castleton a 48-32 lead. The home team's biggest lead of 24 points came midway through the fourth quarter, as the Pilgrims could not get much closer the rest of the way.
New England College (3-2, 0-1 NAC) did not have a player reach double figures in scoring, with Boutwell leading the Pilgrims with nine points, eight rebounds, and three assists. As a team, the Pilgrims shot 32.7 percent (16-for-49) from the field, including 5-for-17 from behind the three-point line, and 72.7 percent (8-for-11) from the free throw line.
The Spartans forced the Pilgrims into 26 turnovers, scoring 31 points off those mistakes. Castleton also won the rebounding battle, 46-37, including 21 offensive rebounds that led to 13 second-chance points. As a team, the Spartans shot 36.1 percent (26-for-72) from the field, including 4-for-13 from behind the three-point line, and 66.7 percent (10-for-15) from the free throw line.
Castleton (6-0, 2-0 NAC) continues its busy stretch by traveling to New London, N.H., to face Colby-Sawyer Tuesday, Dec. 5, starting at 5:30 p.m. The Spartans return to Glenbrook Gym next weekend for games against Maine Maritime Friday, Dec. 8, and Husson Saturday, Dec. 9.