CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's basketball team saw its seven-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday afternoon, falling to UMass-Dartmouth in a Little East Conference battle at Glenbrook Gym by a final score of 66-45.
The Spartans fall to 12-4 overall and 4-3 in LEC play with the loss, while the Corsairs improve to 13-3 overall and 6-1 in conference action. The loss was Castleton's first in more than a month, with the last loss coming in overtime on December 5 at UMass-Boston.
The Spartans struggled from the field, shooting just 16-of-56 on the afternoon, while UMass-Dartmouth cashed in on 25-of-55 from the field including 6-of-22 from three. Castleton shot a season-worst 2-for-21 from long range while mustering just 20 points in the paint.
Alexis Quenneville had a team-high 14 points in the loss, while Brooke Raiche chipped in with nine points, seven rebounds and three steals for the Spartans. Katlyn Toomey finished the game with six points and eight rebounds, and Abbie Lesure added five points and five assists.
Nakira Examond led the Corsairs with 13 points and six rebounds, posting team-best numbers despite limited minutes due to early foul trouble. Jess Korzec posted 12 points and nine assists in the contest, while Kayla McMahon and Shaelyn Carreiro chipped in with 10 points apiece. Meagan Donovan added five blocks defensively for UMass-Dartmouth.
The Corsairs controlled the first quarter of the game, never trailing during the opening 10 minutes though the Spartans kept the game in striking distance. A late three by Lesure in the first drew Castleton within a pair at 15-13, before the teams traded baskets to send the game to the second quarter with UMass-Dartmouth leading 18-15.
Castleton took its first lead of the game less than two minutes into the second quarter when Quenneville buried a jumper just inside the arc to put her squad up 19-18. The two teams traded blows for the remaining eight minutes in the quarter as Castleton carried a 30-29 lead into the locker room thanks to a pair of late free throws by Delaney Whitehead.
The game continued as a tight battle into the third quarter, with the two sides sitting in a 37-37 deadlock with 6:36 to play in the frame. The Corsairs rattled off a 9-0 run from that point, spanning more than three minutes on the clock to take a 46-37 lead that it never relinquished.
UMass-Dartmouth controlled play in the final frame, outscoring Castleton 13-3 while holding the Spartans to just 1-of-18 from the field while blocking five Castleton shots.
The Spartans are back on the hardwood on Wednesday night at Rhode Island College. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.