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Castleton Women’s Basketball Loses at Middlebury

Castleton Women’s Basketball Loses at Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – After an early spurt to take the lead, Castleton University struggled offensively, and Middlebury College took advantage as the Panthers defeated the Spartans, 63-39, Tuesday night in a non-conference women's collegiate basketball game at Pepin Gym.

Taylor Raiche led Castleton with nine points and seven rebounds, while Emilee Bose collected six points and five rebounds. Brooke Raiche and Makayla Farrara also scored six points apiece.

After Middlebury scored the first three points of the game, Castleton went on a 7-0 scoring run, with Farrara scoring four points and Alexis Quenneville hitting a three-pointer. The Panthers hit consecutive baskets to pull into a 7-7 tie, but the Spartans scored the next five points to pull ahead, 12-7, with 4:07 remaining in the first quarter.

Middlebury (12-2) scored the final five points of the opening quarter, capped by a putback by Kira Waldman at the buzzer to tie the game at 12-12. Waldman started the second quarter with a layup as the Panthers scored the first seven points of the second quarter to open a 19-12 advantage.

Ahead 33-25 at halftime, Middlebury scored the first six points of the third quarter and held Castleton without a field goal in the entire period, as the Spartans' third quarter offense consisted of just five free throws. Lily Kuntz hit a putback as time ran out in the third quarter, part of a 9-1 Panther scoring run that put the game away.

Maya Davis led the Panthers with 13 points, eight rebounds, and three assists, while Betsy Knox finished with 10 points, three steals, and two blocked shots. As a team, Middlebury shot 42.6 percent (23-of-54) from the field, including 4-of-18 from behind the three-point line, and 72.2 percent (13-of-18) from the free throw line.

The Spartans shot just 23.9 percent (11-of-46) from the field, including 3-of-9 from behind the three-point line, and 77.8 percent (14-of-18) from the free throw line. Middlebury won the rebounding battle, 39-32, and scored 23 points off 19 Castleton turnovers.

Castleton (10-2) hosts Johnson State in a North Atlantic Conference contest Saturday, Jan. 13, starting at 1 p.m. at Glenbrook Gym.