Castleton, VT - Castleton University used great ball movement and distribution, recording a season-high 27 assists on 31 made field goals as the Spartans cruised to an 82-42 North Atlantic Conference victory over Lyndon State College on Tuesday evening.
Makayla Farrara (Shaftsbury, VT) led the Spartans with 17 points, while Taylor Raiche (Ira, VT) helped Castleton (16-3, 12-1 NAC) establish its early advantage with all of her 14 points coming in the first half. Emilee Bose (Enosburg Falls, VT) scored 10 points off the bench, and Ashlie Fay (Monkton, VT) finished with nine points, nine assist, four steals, three rebounds, and one blocked shot.
After exchanging baskets in the first three minutes of the game, Castleton closed the first quarter with a 14-2 scoring run, with Raiche, Bose, and Amanda Beatty (Williston, VT) all scoring four points apiece during that stretch. The Spartans strong offensive output continued into the second quarter, as they started with a 11-3 scoring run to extend their lead to 23, and then they scored the final six points of the first half to take a 45-21 halftime advantage.
In the third quarter, the two teams traded baskets until the final three minutes, when Castleton scored the final 10 points of the quarter to pull ahead by 28, 61-33. The Spartans opened the fourth quarter with a 12-2 scoring run on their way to the convincing victory.
Lyndon (11-8, 7-5 NAC) was led by Faith Poirier (Portsmouth, NH), who hit three three-pointers on her way to a 15-point performance. Mikayla Hodge (Newbury, VT), the leading scorer and rebounder in the NAC, was held to seven points and nine rebounds as the Hornets shot just 28.1 percent (16-of-57) from the field, including 5-of-17 from behind the three-point line, and 38.5 percent (5-of-13) from the free throw line.
As a team, the Spartans hit 52.5 percent (31-of-59) of their field goal attempts, including 6-of-9 from behind the three-point line, and 77.8 percent (14-of-18) of their free throw chances. Castleton won the rebounding battle, 42-32, and scored 16 points off 24 Lyndon turnovers while committing just 14 turnovers of its own.
The Hornets will return to action on Friday evening, when they host the University of Maine at Farmington in a 5:30 pm tip off. Castleton travels to Green Mountainb College on Saturday.