CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's basketball team came up just short on Wednesday night, falling to Rhode Island College in a Little East Conference matchup, 50-46, at Glenbrook Gym.
The Spartans move to 13-8 overall and 5-7 in LEC play with the loss, while Rhode Island College improves to 13-7 overall and 6-6 in conference action. Castleton shot just 15-of-48 from the floor, though RIC managed just 17-of-51 on the evening. Both teams struggled from long range, with Castleton making four threes to the Anchorwomen's three. RIC controlled the glass, 40-33, as well as the paint, outscoring the Spartans 24-18 inside.
Alexis Quenneville once again led all players in scoring on the evening, posting 15 points for the Spartans. Brooke Raiche added 13 points and seven rebounds to go along with three assists, while Katlyn Toomey pulled in a game-high 12 boards for Castleton. Abbie Lesure collected seven points, five assists and four rebounds in a rounded effort.
Jordyn Gauvin and Ornela Livramento each registered 12 points to lead the Anchorwomen on the night, with Livramento and Analeesia Fernandes hauling in seven rebounds to lead the team. Livramento also registered six steals in the contest.
The Anchorwomen jumped out to an early lead in the contest, storming ahead 9-2 near the midway point of the opening frame. Castleton answered with a 9-0 run that spanned just more than two minutes, taking its first lead of the game on a three from Lesure. Rhode Island College tallied the final four points of the frame, carrying a 13-11 lead into the second quarter.
Both offenses hit a wall in the second stanza, scoring just eight points apiece. Castleton leveled the game at 13-13 on the opening possession, before RIC extended the lead to 17-13 after a quick run. Quenneville buried a three to make it a one-point game, but again the Anchorwomen extended the lead, making it 21-16. After a free throw by Raiche with 7:17 to play in the quarter, neither side found the bottom of the basket for more than six minutes of gameplay, as the next points came on a pair of free throws from Lesure with 1:12 to play in the frame, cutting the lead to 21-19—a score that carried into the halftime break.
The game went back-and-forth throughout the third quarter, with the teams trading the lead throughout. Castleton carried a one-point lead to the final quarter, 35-34, after a pair of late free throws by Raiche.
The tightly-contested affair continued throughout the final frame, as Quenneville buried a three to give the Spartans a 41-40 lead with 3:33 to play. RIC regained the lead on a pair of free throws on the ensuing possession, before extending its lead to four points on a three by Brooke Young.
A layup by Raiche and a free throw by Quenneville pulled Castleton within one with 51 seconds to play. After Gauvin hit a short jumper in the paint on the other end of the floor, Raiche knocked down a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to just one point once again, 47-46. Gauvin was just as steady on the other end of the floor, knocking down a pair of free throws to make it a three-point game with 23 seconds to play. After a Castleton turnover with time winding down, Livramento capped the game with a free throw to five the contest its final score, 50-46.
Castleton is back in action on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Keene State at home.