GORHAM, Maine – The Castleton University women's basketball team opened its season on the right foot on Friday evening, knocking off former North Atlantic Conference foe Thomas College by a final score of 58-39 at the University of Southern Maine Veterans Day Tip-Off Classic.
Brooke Raiche opened her sophomore campaign with a bang, netting 22 points on 7-of-16 shooting, including a 4-of-8 mark from long range. She added three steals and three assists in the victory. Alexis Quenneville went 5-of-9 from the floor and 4-of-7 from three-point range to total 14 points in the contest, while Katlyn Toomey put in work on the defensive side of the ball with three steals, three blocks and a team-leading eight rebounds.
Kaylee Ravagli led Thomas in scoring off the bench, potting a team-high 10 points in 16 minutes of action on 3-of-7 from the floor. Karli Stubbs score seven points for the Terriers, shooting 2-for-3 from three. Addie Brinkman led all players with 11 rebounds, including five offensive boards for Thomas.
The Spartans shot 37.5 percent from the floor as a team, including an impressive 47.4 percent mark from three-point land. Castleton held Thomas to just 31.0 percent shooting as a team with a 31.3 percent rate from long range. Castleton also won the turnover battle, committing 17 turnovers while the Terriers coughed it up 24 times in the contest. Castleton converted to the tune of 15 points on Thomas turnovers, while the Terriers managed just nine points following turnovers by the Spartans.
The Spartans raced out to an early advantage, leading 21-11 after the opening 10 minutes. Quenneville was a perfect 3-for-3 shooting with a pair of threes in the opening quarter, while Raiche had seven points thanks in part to a 4-for-4 mark from the free-throw line. Trailing 11-8 midway through the opening stanza, Castleton ripped off 16 consecutive points that spanned more than five minutes on the clock into the second quarter to take a 24-11 lead, never looking back. The Spartans dominated the second quarter defensively, holding the Terriers to just 1-of-10 shooting to extend the lead to 34-13 at the halftime break.
The Spartans came out of halftime firing once again, going on an 11-4 run in the first three minutes of the third quarter to push the lead to its largest margin at 26 points, 45-19. The Terriers clawed back for the remainder of the quarter, outscoring Castleton 10-3 over the next seven minutes to make it 48-27 after three quarters.
Thomas outscored Castleton by a 12-10 margin over the final 10 minutes, as Ravagli tallied seven of her 10 points in the final frame on 2-of-3 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line.
Castleton takes on another familiar opponent on Saturday at noon when they face the Unievrsity of Maine-Farmington to conclude the opening weekend of action.