PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Offensive woes doomed the Castleton University women's basketball team on Wednesday evening, as the Spartans fell to Rhode Island College in Little East Conference action, 60-37.
Castleton shot just 31.8 percent from the field (14-for-44) as they fall to 12-5 overall and 4-4 in LEC play with the loss. The Anchorwomen improved to 11-5 overall and 4-4 in league play in the win, shooting 24-of-60 for a 40.0 percent rate from the field. RIC went 8-of-22 from behind the arc and dominated the rebounding battle, 41-27.
Olivia Perry led the offense for Castleton with nine points off the bench, shooting 3-of-5 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. Katlyn Toomey added seven points on 3-of-5 shooting while pulling in four rebounds, while Alexis Quenneville grabbed a team-high six boards in the loss.
Willcia McBorrough was the game's only scorer in double digits, reaching an even 10 points on 5-of-6 from the field. Maire Gallagher added nine points for the Anchorwomen, while Jordyn Gauvin and Taylor Thompson added eight points apiece. Ornela Livramento led all players with seven rebounds in the contest.
Castleton struggled out of the gates offensively, shooting just 3-of-14 in the opening 10 minutes as RIC worked its way to a 15-8 lead. Castleton's offense bounced back in the second quarter as the Spartans shot 5-of-12 heading into the break, but the Anchorwomen extended their advantage to 30-20 heading into the locker room.
Rhode Island College opened the second half on a 12-0 run, pushing its lead to 22 points, capped by a jumper by Gauvin, before Lauren Pratt knocked down a three for the Spartans. The Anchorwomen put the game out of reach by the end of the frame, pushing the score to 51-27 after three quarters.
Castleton outscored RIC in the final frame, 10-9, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit as the Spartans were unable to put together a scoring run, ending the game with its 60-37 final score.
The Spartans return to the hardwood on Saturday at Plymouth State for a Little East battle with the Panthers. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.