Castleton Women’s Hoop Returns to Conference Play Sunday

Castleton Women’s Hoop Returns to Conference Play Sunday

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's basketball team starts a stretch of four North Atlantic Conference games in seven days, three of them at home, by welcoming Johnson State to Glenbrook Gym Sunday, Jan. 14.

A reminder that, with snow and ice causing tough travel conditions, the game has been moved to Sunday, Jan. 14, starting at 1 p.m. 

The Spartans fell to 10-2 overall with a 63-39 loss at Middlebury Tuesday night. After taking a 12-7 lead six minutes into the game, Castleton fell victim to a 12-0 Panther scoring run and could not recover. The Spartans enter the weekend on top of the NAC standings at 6-0, one game ahead of Husson and Colby-Sawyer in the loss column, two teams that face each other Friday evening.

Castleton is still 30th in the country in scoring defense, allowing just 51.9 points per game, as well as 32nd in Division III in free throw percentage at 73.0 percent and 35th in three-point field goal percentage at 35.1 percent. Individually, Alexis Quenneville is 12th in the country in three-point field goal percentage at 47.6 percent, while Makayla Farrara is 43rd in Division III in free throw percentage at 86.5 percent.

Johnson State earned its second victory of the season Thursday, a 54-35 win over Vermont Tech. The Badgers enter the weekend tied with Maine-Farmington and Green Mountain for eighth place in the NAC standings at 1-6.

Jocelyn Pellerin, the only player to start all 12 games for Johnson State so far this season, leads the team with 10.1 points per game, including a game-high 12 points against Vermont Tech. Mariah Ramos joined the Badgers after the winter break and contributed nine points and 14 rebounds in Thursday's victory.

These teams met in Johnson, Vt., on Nov. 28, with Castleton holding Johnson State to just two points in the second half on its way to a 68-14 victory. Amanda Beatty shot 7-of-11 from the field as she led the Spartans with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Emilee Bose contributed 12 points and five rebounds off the bench.

After Sunday's game, Castleton travels to New England College Tuesday, Jan. 16, for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff. The Spartans then host Maine-Farmington next Friday, Jan. 19, and Thomas next Saturday, Jan. 20, in the One Love Awareness Game.