BOSTON, Mass. – 40 minutes was not enough on Wednesday evening, as the Castleton University women's basketball team fell 55-48 in overtime at UMass-Boston in a Little East Conference matchup.
Castleton held the advantage for most of the contest, but the Beacons mounted a late comeback in the fourth quarter, outscoring Castleton 18-14 in the final regulation frame and 9-2 in the overtime period to defend their home court.
Brooke Raiche led the Spartans (5-3, 1-2 LEC) with 16 points on 7-of-19 shooting, while Katlyn Toomey recorded her first double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Raiche added eight boards, coming up two shy of a double-double of her own, and Alexis Quenneville knocked down four threes for 12 points in the contest.
Joie Grassi led all scorers in the contest with 20 total points, while Tahjai Mazyck cracked the double-digit mark with 10 points. Meg Dixon tied Toomey for a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Spartans outshot UMass-Boston 34.5 percent (19-of-55) to 31.6 percent (18-of-57), but the Beacons converted on 17-of-26 free throws while Castleton was just 6-of-7 from the stripe. The Beacons won the rebounding battle 44-38 and turned 22 Spartan turnovers into 24 points on the evening. Castleton managed 14 points from 15 UMass-Boston miscues, while the points-in-the-paint battle went to the Beacons by a narrow margin, 26-24.
UMass-Boston jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead to start the game, but Castleton rattled off five consecutive points to erase the deficit. After a Beacon bucket, Toomey dropped in a layup that gave Castleton its second lead—one it held onto through a majority of the contest.
The Beacons continually threatened through the game's middle quarters, but each time the Spartans had an answer. Neither offense could crack the scoring column in the first four minutes of the second quarter before Grassi buried a three to make it a two-point game. Raiche answered with a jumper on the other end to extend the lead before the Beacons retaliated with another bucket of their own. Tessa Davenport got involved with a steal and a basket in transition, pushing the lead back to four points. Castleton took a two-point lead into the halftime break after a low-scoring second quarter where neither team cracked the 10-point mark. The Spartan defense was in lockdown mode in the first half of the contest, holding the Beacons to just 25.8 percent shooting in the opening 20 minutes.
The Spartans opened the third quarter on a dominant 7-0 run that spanned more than three minutes before Jamie Staples dropped in a layup for the Beacons. The basket sparked an 11-6 run to end the quarter, cutting Castleton's lead back to just four points heading into the final 10 minutes.
Quenneville opened the scoring in the fourth quarter with a three-ball to extend the lead to seven points, but a 9-0 run by the home squad put UMass-Boston back in the lead, 37-35. Raiche gave the Spartans a lead once again with a basket and a free throw, 38-37.
Trailing 42-40 with 3:10 to play, Olivia Perry knotted the game up with a layup before back-to-back baskets in the paint by Toomey gave the Spartans a four-point lead, 46-42. UMass-Boston pulled within two with a pair of free throws before tying the game on a layup with just 16 seconds to play.
Castleton called timeout with a chance to win the game with the last shot, but a drive by Raiche ended with an offensive foul call, giving the Beacons the ball back one last time with five seconds to play. Dixon missed a layup for the hosts one second on the clock, sending the game to overtime.
The Beacons jumped out to an early lead in the overtime frame and never looked back, rattling off seven consecutive points before the Spartans got on the board with a pair of free throws by Abbie Lesure—Castleton's only points of the extra frame. Staples tacked on two free throws of her own to secure the 55-48 win for the Beacons.
The Spartans are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Norwich for a non-conference matchup with the Cadets. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.