POULTNEY, Vt. – Castleton University used tough defense and a balanced offense to defeat Green Mountain College, 67-25, Saturday afternoon in a North Atlantic Conference women's basketball game at the Eagle Dome.
Brooke Raiche led Castleton with 11 points, Makayla Farrara collected nine points, seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals, and Ashlie Fay contributed six points, three rebounds, five assists, and four steals. All 13 active Spartans played at least seven minutes, with no one on the court for more than 20 minutes during the game.
The Spartans quickly took control of the game, scoring the first 11 points and pulling out to a 23-4 lead after the first quarter. Castleton outscored Green Mountain in the second quarter 20-4 to increase its advantage to 43-8 at halftime, and then the Spartans held the Eagles to single-digit scoring totals in the final two quarters.
Mercedes Rideout led the Eagles with nine points and four steals, while Sharena Armstrong finished with eight points, nine rebounds, two assists, three steals, and two blocked shots. As a team, Green Mountain shot just 18.4 percent (9-of-49) from the field, including 4-of-29 from behind the three-point line, and 3-of-4 from the free throw line.
The Spartans shot 45.8 percent (27-of-59) from the field, including 6-of-17 from behind the three-point line, and 7-of-11 from the free throw line. Castleton won the rebounding battle, 40-36, dished out 22 assists while committing just 13 turnovers, and scored 32 points off 26 Eagle turnovers.
Castleton (17-3, 13-1 NAC) hosts Colby-Sawyer College Tuesday, Feb. 6, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Glenbrook Gym. The second place Chargers are two games behind the first place Spartans in the NAC standings after Colby-Sawyer defeated Husson Saturday, 80-72.