CASTLETON, Vt. – Makayla Farrara scored a career-high 30 points, including her 1,000th career point, to lead Castleton University to a 71-48 victory over Norwich University Thursday night in a non-conference women's collegiate basketball game at Glenbrook Gym.
Farrara reached the 1,000-point mark with 42 seconds remaining in the first quarter as she scored nine points in the opening 10 minutes. She collected 15 points in each half, shooting 10-of-16 from the field, including 4-of-8 from behind the three-point line, as well as a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line to extend her streak of consecutive made free throws to 33.
Norwich (10-14) pulled ahead halfway through the first quarter, 5-4, on a free throw by Riley Bennett, but Castleton took the lead for good by scoring 11 unanswered points during the rest of the quarter, including seven points from Farrara during that stretch. The Spartans held the Cadets to one made field goal in the second quarter, going on a 10-0 scoring run during the middle of that quarter on their way to a 33-13 lead at halftime.
Neither team was able to make a field goal during the first two minutes of the third quarter, but once both teams started hitting shots from the floor, they exchanged points until Farrara hit a three-pointer right before the buzzer to give Castleton a 54-29 lead. Back-to-back three-pointers by Farrara early in the fourth quarter allowed the Spartans to establish their largest lead of the night at 62-33, and then the home team was able to cruise to the victory.
Amanda Beatty scored 10 points, Taylor Raiche finished with eight points, and Ashlie Fay collected four rebounds, eight assists, and two steals. Off the bench for Castleton, Emilee Bose earned eight points and a career-high nine rebounds, while Morgan Raiche May pulled down eight rebounds of her own as the Spartans won the battle of the boards, 46-34.
Emily Oliver led Norwich with 12 points, followed by Bennett with 11 points and Shyann Josler with nine points, seven rebounds, two assists, and four steals. As a team, the Cadets shot just 22.2 percent (10-of-45) from the field, including 1-of-9 from behind the three-point line, and 75 percent (27-of-36) from the free throw line.
The Spartans shot 42.4 percent (25-of-59) from the field, including 4-of-18 from behind the three-point line, and 73.9 percent (17-of-23) from the free throw line. Castleton scored 23 points off 18 Norwich turnovers and once again earned more assists (17) than turnovers (14).
Castleton (20-4) concludes the regular season Saturday, Feb. 17, against Green Mountain College at Glenbrook Gym starting at 1 p.m. Before the game, the five seniors will be honored in the traditional Senior Day ceremony.