SALEM, Mass. – The Castleton University women's basketball team enjoyed a successful holiday season, picking up its second win of the weekend at the Salem State Holiday Classic with a 59-37 victory over the host Vikings on Sunday afternoon.
The Spartans (9-3) pulled away from Salem State (2-9) with a big third quarter, outscoring the Vikings 25-10 out of the halftime break en route to a comfortable lead they carried the remainder of the way. Castleton outscored Salem State in all four quarters, and held the Vikings 10 points or less in each of the four frames.
Ashleay Wilcox led all scorers with 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting in just 17 minutes off the bench, including a 2-for-3 mark from three-point range. Brooke Raiche and Alexis Quenneville each totaled eight points while Katlyn Toomey led all players with 11 rebounds. Tessa Davenport pulled in nine rebounds for the Spartans, while Abbie Lesure and Quenneville added seven boards apiece.
Salem State's Courtney Paschal led her squad with 12 points on 4-of-13 shooting as the Castleton defense held the Vikings to just 18.8 percent shooting as a team. Natalie Mellinger had seven points in 16 minutes off the bench, while Kate McDonnell added a team-high eight rebounds.
The first quarter was tightly-contested, as the Spartans led just 10-9 after the first 10 minutes. The lead stretched to four points at halftime, as Castleton carried a 23-19 edge into the locker room thanks in part to a 6-0 run to open the second quarter.
The offense came to life in the third quarter, as a 9-3 run by the Spartans to open the frame made it a 32-22 in favor of Castleton. A 9-0 run minutes later extended the advantage to 41-24 before the teams traded buckets in the final minutes of the stanza.
The Spartans opened up the final quarter on an 11-2 run to get out to its largest lead of the game, 59-31, before Salem State closed out the contest with six consecutive points to give the game its final score, 59-37.
Castleton returns to action on Saturday afternoon in its first contest of the New Year with a 3 p.m. battle against Western Connecticut at Glenbrook Gymnasium.