CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's basketball team suffered its first Little East Conference loss of the season on Saturday afternoon, falling to the University of Southern Maine by a final score of 65-55 at Glenbrook Gym.
Alexis Quenneville finished with a game-high 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting while adding six boards in the loss. Her seven made threes came up one short of her career-high of eight in a win over Bates a season ago. Brooke Raiche finished the day with 10 points for the Spartans (5-2, 1-1 LEC), while Katlyn Toomey added six points and 13 boards for Castleton. Olivia Perry was the leading scorer among the reserves, collecting seven points on 3-of-3 shooting from the field.
Southern Maine was led by a 20-point effort from Kimberly Howrigan, who went 7-of-12 from the floor and 4-of-6 from three. She also added four rebounds for the Huskies. Alexa Srolovitz posted 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting and 3-of-6 from long range, while Kristen Curley added 14 points off the bench for USM (4-2, 1-1 LEC), going 6-of-8 from the field in 19 minutes.
Castleton dominated the glass, winning the rebounding battle 36-26, though the Spartans turned the ball over 20 times to Southern Maine's 12 turnovers. The Huskies outshot Castleton 47.2 percent (25-of-53) to 39.2 percent (20-of-51) from the field and 42.9 percent (9-of-21) to 36.0 percent (9-of-25) from three-point range.
The first quarter featured an abundance of offensive firepower, as each side rained in threes from all parts of the court. The Spartans led 20-19 after one quarter behind nine points from Quenneville, but Souther Maine hung tight as each side made four triples in the opening stanza. The second quarter saw an offensive slowdown, but the two sides continued to battle close as they headed into the locker rooms at halftime in a 33-33 deadlock.
The two squads traded the lead back-and-forth through the midway point of the third quarter, as Castleton led 38-37 with less than five minutes to play in the frame. A layup by Chantel Eells gave the Huskies a 39-38 lead that they would not relinquish, sparking a 12-0 run for the visitors that pushed the lead to 49-38 before Raiche buried a three at the buzzer of the quarter to narrow the edge to just eight points.
USM again went on a long run of scoring early in the fourth quarter, rattling off nine consecutive points to push its lead to 60-42 with 6:32 to play—its largest lead of the contest. A pair of threes by Quenneville and a jumper by Shay Mosher drew Castleton within 10 points once again, but Srolovitz came through with the dagger for the Huskies, burying a three to stop the 8-0 Castleton run and put the game out of reach for good.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday when they travel to UMass-Boston for an LEC matchup with the Beacons. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m.