WATERVILLE, Maine – Castleton University played a solid game on both ends of the floor, gaining more control of the contest as it went along on the way to a 70-44 victory over Thomas College Friday evening in a North Atlantic Conference women's basketball game at Larry Mahaney Gym.
Amanda Beatty shot 7-for-11 from the field and 5-for-5 from the free throw line to lead the Spartans with 19 points. Alexis Quenneville hit four three-pointers in the first half on her way to a 16-point performance, and Ashlie Fay contributed five points, five rebounds, and seven assists.
After Malorie Weaver hit two jumpers in the first minute to give Thomas a 4-3 lead, Castleton scored eight unanswered points over the next three minutes to pull ahead, 11-4. A three-pointer by Nikki Bradstreet and a layup by Jordan Agger-Barnes pulled the Terriers within two late in the quarter, but a layup by Brooke Raiche would prove to be the final points of the quarter, giving Castleton a 15-11 advantage.
Addie Brinkman hit a jumper to close the Terrier deficit to one at 19-18 early in the second quarter, but three straight three-pointers by Quenneville highlighted an 11-2 Castleton run that extended the Spartan lead to 30-20. Once again, neither team was able to score in the final minutes of the quarter, as a layup by Emilee Bose with two minutes remaining gave the Spartans a 32-23 lead at halftime.
The Spartans broke the game open in the third quarter, going on a 15-3 scoring run to extend their lead to 21 at 47-26. A 9-0 run late in the fourth quarter, punctuated by a three-pointer from Heather Kervin, gave Castleton its largest lead of the night at 70-40 before the Terriers scored the final four points of the game.
Thomas (8-14, 5-10 NAC) was led by Karli Stubbs with 15 points, including three three-pointers, while Jordan Turner finished with four points, six rebounds, and six assists. As a team, the Terriers shot 30.6 percent (15-of-49) from the field, including 5-of-18 from behind the three-point line, and 52.9 percent (9-of-17) from the free throw line.
The Spartans made 42.2 percent (27-of-64) of their field goal attempts, including 6-of-16 from behind the three-point line, and 83.3 percent (10-of-12) of their free throw chances. Castleton committed a season-low 10 turnovers while dishing out 18 assists, plus the Spartans scored 19 points off 19 Thomas turnovers.
Castleton University (18-4, 14-2 NAC) heads to Farmington, Maine, to face the Maine-Farmington Beavers Saturday, Feb. 10, starting at 1 p.m. The Beavers improved to 7-15 overall and 4-11 in the NAC with a 69-56 victory over Green Mountain Friday.