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Spartans Maintain Perfect NAC Record with Convincing Home Win

Spartans Maintain Perfect NAC Record with Convincing Home Win

CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton University took the lead right at the start and never looked back, cruising to a 71-28 victory over the University of Maine-Farmington Friday evening in a North Atlantic Conference women's basketball game at Glenbrook Gym.

Makayla Farrara led all players with 19 points and seven rebounds, plus she dished out three assists and earned two steals. Taylor Raiche shot 8-of-11 from the field for a season-high 16 points, while her sister Brooke Raiche hit three three-pointers to contribute nine points off the bench.

Alexis Quenneville hit a three-pointer to start the scoring and then, after a layup by Cheyenne Malloy, Castleton scored 10 unanswered points to open a 13-2 advantage midway through the first quarter. The Spartans went on a 9-0 scoring run later in the opening quarter, holding onto a 24-9 lead after the first period even after a three-pointer by Malloy in the final seconds.

For Maine-Farmington (4-11, 1-8 NAC), Malloy converted a traditional three-point play to open the second quarter, but the Spartans once again buckled down on both ends of the floor, putting together a 16-3 scoring run through the rest of the second quarter. Farrara and Brooke Raiche capped the first half with consecutive three-pointers, extending the Castleton lead to 40-15 at halftime.

The Spartans continued their dominance in the second half, outscoring the Beavers 31-13 after halftime. For the game, Castleton shot 47.4 percent (27-of-57) from the field, including 7-of-18 from behind the three-point line, and 66.7 percent (10-of-15) from the free throw line.

Malloy was Maine-Farmington's top scorer with 13 points, but no one else scored more than five points for the Beavers. UMF was held to 19.2 percent (10-of-52) field goal shooting, including 4-of-14 from behind the three-point line, and 57.1 percent (4-of-7) free throw shooting.

The Spartans dominated the rebounding battle, 48-27, and forced UMF into 19 turnovers, scoring 25 points off those mistakes. As a team, Castleton dished out a season-high 21 assists while committing just 12 turnovers, its second-lowest total of the year.

Castleton (13-2, 9-0 NAC) hosts Thomas College Saturday, Jan. 20, in the One Love Awareness Game starting at 1 p.m. The Terriers improved to 8-7 overall and 5-3 within the conference with a 68-55 victory over Green Mountain Friday.