WATERVILLE, Maine – Thomas College was held to just six field goals and 13.6 percent shooting as Castleton University picked up a 65-27 win in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) women's basketball play Friday night at Larry Mahaney Gymnasium.
Castleton (16-4, 11-2 NAC) raced out to a 26-5 lead after one quarter and did not allow Thomas (2-18, 1-12 NAC) to reach double-digits in any quarter. The Spartans finished the game shooting 37.7 percent from the field and held a commanding 57-33 edge on the boards. The Terriers, meanwhile, had 22 turnovers.
Senior forward Katie McAllister (Pittston, Maine / Gardiner Area) finished with a team-high 10 points. She also pulled down five rebounds in 34 minutes. Fellow senior Ashleigh Gagne (Waterville, Maine / Waterville) added eight points, five boards and two assists while junior guard Tess McClenahan (Salmon, Idaho / Salmon) had three points, seven rebounds, and two steals before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Jordan Agger-Barnes (South Portland, Maine / Wells) had six rebounds.
Castleton was led by Makayla Farrara's 14 points off the bench. She finished the game 5-of-9 from the field, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range. Jade Desroches added 12 points and a pair of assists. Morgan Raiche and Alja Medic each posted eight points off the bench.
Leading just 4-2 in the opening minutes, the Spartans broke the game open by scoring the next 15 points for a 19-2 advantage with 2:39 remaining. The Terriers managed to cut the deficit to 17, before Farrara connected on a triple and then late a free throw for a 26-5 advantage at the end of the period.
Bryanna duPont led off the scoring for Castleton in the second and Desroches pushed it to 30-5 at the 5:55 mark. Led by four points from Gagne, Thomas went on 5-0 spurt to pull within 20, but the Spartans scored the final six points for a 36-10 lead at the break.
In the third, the Spartans stretched the lead to 40-10 and the two teams traded baskets over the final seven minutes of the quarter. Farrara scored the first five points of the fourth to make it 51-18, and Castleton eventually pushed its lead as high as 38 points on a triple by Medic and then 39 on a basket in the last 1:15 before concluding with the 65-27 victory.
McAllister's 10 points leave her with 983 career points heading into Saturday's 1 p.m. matchup with Green Mountain College (0-18, 0-13 NAC). She scored 27 in the initial meeting with the Eagles – a 71-61 Terrier win at Poultney in December.