CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season on Tuesday night, falling to in-state rival Middlebury College by a final score of 74-30 at Glenbrook Gymnasium.
The Spartans (4-1) shot just 30.4 percent from the field, with an 18.2 percent mark from three-point range, while Middlebury (3-0) shot at a 50.0 percent clip from the field and 40.0 percent from three while winning the rebounding battle, 44-22.
Anna Iannotti led the way with 10 points for the Spartans, while Katlyn Toomey pulled in a team-high seven rebounds. Ajla Medic added five points for the Spartans, all of which came in the fourth quarter.
Three Panthers reached double digits in the score column, as Colleen Caveney led the way with an 8-of-11 day from the floor with 16 points. Catherine Harrison and Betsy Knox each added 11 points, while Harrison grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Knox added four steals and four assists on the day for the Panthers, leading the team in both categories.
Middlebury jumped on the Spartans early and never looked back, opening the game with nine consecutive points before Castleton got on the board with a layup by Iannotti. Middlebury continued to attack the Spartans from all areas of the court, pushing a 9-2 lead to 20-6 at the end of the first quarter.
The 14-point lead swelled to 24 points at the halftime break as the Panthers outscored Castleton 17-7 in the second stanza, including an 8-0 run that spanned nearly three minutes.
The Panthers continued to pile on in the third quarter, holding the Spartans scoreless through the first eight-plus minutes of the frame as Middlebury rattled off 18 consecutive points to push the edge to 55-15.
The Spartan offense finally came to life in the fourth quarter, as Medic poured in five points and Iannotti added four of her 10 in the final frame. Three other Spartans added buckets, though it wasn't enough as the Panthers held on to win, 74-37.
Castleton returns to the court following the Thanksgiving break as they take on Plymouth State in the Little East Conference opener on November 28. Game time is slated for 5:30 p.m. at Glenbrook Gym.