The Castleton women’s basketball team is off to a good start this season, sitting at 3-1 in North Atlantic Conference play and 6-2 overall. This past weekend, the Spartans notched one victory while suffering a tough loss in overtime in their big conference weekend.
Castleton maintained control through most of the second half against conference rivals Husson College on Dec. 9. However, they just couldn’t keep the control and lost the game in overtime, 73-68.
The Spartans were behind 64-63 with just a few seconds left in the game, but Alyssa Leonard made only one free throw to tie the score up at 64, forcing the play into overtime. In the overtime play, Husson scored seven points and maintained the lead to improve to 2-4 on the season, bringing their record to 2-0 in conference play.
A three-point shot by Husson’s Marissa Albert followed by a pair of free throws by Kelli Murray in the last minute of the game proved to be the difference.
Castleton got 2 points in the last 52 seconds, but it wasn’t enough.
In the game, senior Vanessa Powers led with 20 points and had three steals. Leonard had four steals as well. The Spartans forced 31 turnovers throughout the game.
Leonard and Christine Jacques rounded out the Spartans scoring with 11 points each.
On Saturday, however it was a much different story for the Spartans. They plowed through Maine-Maritime to get the victory with a score of 68-37, improving their NAC record to 3-1.
In the first half, Maine Maritime lead 26-22. But then the Spartans went on a 21-point run spanning the end of the first half and first few minutes of the second half to put the game out of reach.
Both the defense and offense excelled on Saturday, with the offense converting ten of its first 11 possessions in the second half.
The high-scorers of the game for the Spartans were Powers with 18 points, Leonard with 14 and Jacques with 11 points.
For Maritime, Sam Goda score 12 points and grabbed five rebounds.
With about one-third of their season completed, the Spartans are off until Jan. 4 when they travel to Westfield State. Their next home game is Jan. 14 against Colby Sawyer.