NEW LONDON, N.H. – The Castleton University women's basketball team picked up a win in its final outing before the holiday break on Friday afternoon, knocking off former North Atlantic Conference opponent Colby-Sawyer by a final score of 43-41 in a tight non-conference battle.
Brooke Raiche and Ajla Medic each dropped 10 points for the Spartans (7-3) in the contest, while Raiche added seven rebounds and three assists. Katlyn Toomey and Tessa Davenport added seven and six rebounds for the Spartans, respectively.
Mackenzie Buzzell led Colby-Sawyer (5-4) with 11 points. Joslin Wainwright added 10 points, five rebounds and a pair of blocks while Tianna Sugars and Kristen Donaghey added nine points apiece for the Chargers.
Colby-Sawyer led 12-7 after the first 10 minutes as both teams shot less than 30% from the floor in the opening quarter. The Spartans scored the first three points of the contest, but Colby-Sawyer answered with a 6-0 run capped by a Wainwright layup. Wainwright then added a free throw with 29 seconds left to give the Chargers the five-point lead after one.
Sugars made a pair of free throws to begin the second quarter and push the home lead to 14-7, but Castleton tied the game at 3:46, 14-14, when Anna Iannotti connected on her only bucket of the contest. Two more free throws by Sugars put Colby-Sawyer back on top, but the Spartans ended the frame on a 5-0 run to take a 19-16 lead into the locker room. Castleton received eight points off the bench in the quarter and held Colby-Sawyer to 0-for-11 from the floor.
The scoring picked up in the third quarter with each team making four baskets. Wainwright hit a jumper to pull the Chargers within one to begin the stanza, but Raiche gave the Spartans a three-point lead again with a layup. Kristen Donaghey knocked down a three to give Colby-Sawyer its largest lead of the game 28-21 midway through the quarter, but Castleton closed the quarter on an 8-1 run, including a three-pointer at the buzzer from Raiche to send the game into the fourth tied at 29-29.
The final quarter began with five-straight points by Colby-Sawyer's Buzzell to give the Chargers a 34-29 lead, however Castleton had an answer with a trey from Medic to tie the game with 7:08 on the clock. A Raiche free throw and another Medic trey put the Spartans up for good with 5:03 to play. The Chargers pulled within a pair with a Buzzell layup with four seconds left, but the game would end 43-41 in favor of Castleton.
Castleton outrebounded the Chargers 41-28. Colby-Sawyer kept the game close throughout with good free throw shooting, making 11-of-13 attempts.
The Spartans return to action following the holidays on Dec. 29 against Endicott at the Salem State Holiday Classic. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.