The Castleton women’s basketball team capped off its first third of the season with a win over Elms College on Dec. 12 as part of, what coach Tim Barrett calls, the toughest non-conference schedule the team has ever had.”[The schedule] is a real good measuring stick of where [we] are at before conference play,” Barrett said.
The Spartans’ season began at home in the Spartan Athletic Complex with Castleton shellacking New England College by a score of 58-35. Following the win over NEC, the Spartans traveled to Plattsburgh for the “Cardinal Classic,” where they lost 77-45 to Baruch, a team that made its way to the second round of the NCAA tournament a season ago. The team then won big over Albany Pharmacy, outdoing the team with an 84-43 score in the consolation game of the tournament.
The Spartans went 2-4 following the tourney with a win over the University of Maine-Machias in addition to the Elms win, playing on the road in each of those six games.
“I hate traveling,” said junior forward, Kristie Dunchus. “I love playing home games where the fans are very supportive.”
Barrett said he is excited to be back home as well, pointing out that the team has a couple of home games at the start of the second semester.
The Spartans next big obstacle will be going up against Husson, the team that was unanimously voted to win the North Atlantic Conference, at home on Jan. 22.
“Probably all the Maine schools are tough teams,” said Dunchus. “We’re looking at all of them.”
Barrett, though, said he is taking a different approach.
“I haven’t thought too much about it,” Barrett said with a shrug. “I like to take it one game at a time.”
The Spartans are off to a 4-5 start and go into the break with some things to work on. Barrett says the team needs to be more consistent on both sides of the ball, as well as have more consistency in their effort. He had these similar words a year ago, and his squad bounced back from their slow start to win a NAC championship and NCAA berth.
The Spartans will next be in action after winter break when they host St. Joseph College on Jan. 7.