KEENE, N.H. – The Castleton University women's basketball team continued its winning ways on Thursday evening, racking up its seventh consecutive victory with a 57-45 overtime win at Keene State in Little East Conference play.
Castleton (12-3, 4-2 LEC) dominated the overtime period, outscoring Keene State (2-12, 0-6 LEC) 12-0 in the extra frame en route to the win. The Spartans went 19-of-59 (32.2 percent) from the floor, while holding the Owls to a 14-for-62 (24.2 percent) night shooting. Both teams struggled from long range, with Castleton holding the edge with five threes to Keene State's four. Both sides pulled in 40 rebounds in the contest, while Castleton held a 24-14 edge scoring inside. The Owls bench outscored Castleton reserves, 22-4, in the contest.
Brooke Raiche led all scorers for the second straight outing, dropping a game-high 30 points on 10-of-19 shooting. She knocked down 9-of-11 free throw attempts en route to her second 30-point game of the season. Alexis Quenneville added 11 points for the 12-3 (4-2 LEC) Spartans, while Katlyn Toomey hauled in 14 rebounds on the evening. Abbie Lesure added five points, seven rebounds and six assists in another well-rounded outing, while Tessa Davenport collected six rebounds in the victory.
Kenzie Bennett and Lilly Shlimon each registered 10 points to lead the Keene State offense, while Emily McPadden chipped in with seven points and five rebounds off the bench.
The two sides struggled to get going offensively in the first quarter of the contest, as Castleton held a 4-3 lead midway through the opening frame. The Owls closed out the quarter on a 6-3 run, taking a 9-6 edge into the second quarter.
After more than two minutes of play in the second quarter without a basket, Quenneville dropped in a layup to break the drought and pull the Spartans within one. After the sides traded baskets, Toomey nailed a jumper to give the Spartans the lead once more, 12-11, with 4:35 to play in the opening half. Castleton closed out the second quarter on an 8-3 run, taking a 20-14 lead into the locker room.
The Spartans extended their lead to eight points just less than four minutes into the second half, when Raiche buried a three to extend the lead to 27-19. The Owls closed the gap to just one point by the end of the quarter, 36-35, before taking the lead early in the final regulation frame, 37-36.
The two sides traded blows back and forth to open the final period of regulation action, ending up in a 42-42 deadlock with four minutes to play after Raiche dropped in a layup. Both teams went scoreless for the next three-plus minutes, before Keene State's McPadden knocked down a triple to give her squad a 45-42 lead with 1:26 on the clock. After empty possessions by both teams, Castleton got the ball back and called a 30-second timeout with 34 seconds to play. After breaking the huddle, the ball found its way to Quenneville, who knocked down a three to knot the score at 45-45 with just 18 seconds on the clock, sending the game to overtime when Keene State failed to get a shot off.
Raiche opened the overtime period with a layup and free throw for an old-fashioned three-point play on the first possession, Raiche added another layup to push the lead to five points with less than three minutes to play in overtime, before Quenneville knocked down a three on Castleton's next possession to put the game out of reach. Back-to-back layups by Toomey and Raiche, both assisted by Lesure, gave the game its final score of 57-45.
Castleton returns to action on Saturday at Glenbrook Gym for a 2 p.m. tip-off against UMass-Dartmouth.