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Defense Shines as Women's Basketball Ousts Beacons, 59-46

Defense Shines as Women's Basketball Ousts Beacons, 59-46

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's basketball team overcame a 10-point, second-half deficit on Saturday afternoon, knocking off UMass-Boston by a final score of 59-46 in a Little East Conference battle at Glenbrook Gymnasium.

Castleton outscored UMass-Boston 19-4 in the fourth quarter, holding the Beacons without a field goal in the final frame to complete the comeback. The Spartans trailed by as many as 10 points early in the third quarter, but Castleton outscored UMass-Boston 35-15 over the final 20 minutes to snap a four-game losing streak and improve its record to 13-7 overall and 5-6 in LEC play. The Beacons are now 15-5 on the year with an 8-3 mark in LEC action.

Alexis Quenneville scored a game-high 19 points, going 6-of-7 from inside the arc on the day, while leading all players with eight rebounds. Brooke Raiche added 12 points, while Katlyn Toomey chipped in with 10 points and seven boards. Olivia Perry added six points and four rebounds off the bench.

Joie Grassi was UMass-Boston's only double-digit scorer on the day, going 3-of-14 from the field on her way to 13 points. Jalani Jackson added seven points, while Geanna Williams had six points off the bench.

The Beacons led by six with less than two minutes to play in the opening quarter after 5-0 run, but the Spartans closed the gap to 15-13 at the end of the frame thanks to a pair of late layups by Toomey.

Delaney Whitehead tied the game just more than a minute into the second quarter with a baseline jumper before the two sides traded buckets into the media timeout with less than five minutes to play in the half. A late run by the Beacons--including a last-second three--sent the game into halftime with UMass-Boston leading, 31-24.

After an early three points from the Beacons pushed the lead to 34-24 in the third quarter, Castleton kicked off a 7-0 run to cut the gap to just three points. Castleton then brought the game within one on a layup by Quenneville, before taking its first lead of the day with a three-point play by Raiche. The two sides dueled back-and-forth for the remainder of the quarter as the Beacons carried a two-point edge to the final 10 minutes.

Castleton's defense buckled down in the final frame, allowing just four points on scattered free throws in the quarter. The Spartans opened on a 9-1 run to take a 49-43 lead, before closing out the game on a 10-3 run. Quenneville and Abbie Lesure combined to go a perfect 6-for-6 on free throws in the final minute of action, sealing the victory for the Spartans.

Castleton returns to action on Wednesday night with a Little East matchup against Rhode Island College. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.