Eagles Succumb to Spartan's High Intensity Defensive Effort

Eagles Succumb to Spartan's High Intensity Defensive Effort

POULTNEY, Vt. –Green Mountain College was held to just eight first half points by Castleton University in the team's 67-25 loss in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Eagle Dome.

Castleton (17-3, 13-1 NAC) started out the game on an 11-0 run within the first three and a half minutes of play before Sharena Armtrong's (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands) jumper got the Eagles on the board. Ashlie Fay had four points for the Spartans during the initial run.

The Spartans held the Eagles to just two more points for the remainder of the period to establish a commanding 23-4 advantage heading into the second quarter and it would be a microcosm of how play would continue for the rest of the half.

A layup by Katlyn Toomey at the 3:22 mark of the second period helped the visitors extend their lead to  39-4. A free throw by Maya Golowasch (West Harrison, N.Y.) and a three-pointer from Mercedes Rideout (Nashville, Tenn.) were the only four points the Eagles could muster against the smothering defense of the Spartans as the visitors headed into the break with a 43-8 lead.

Alexis Quenneville led the Spartans at the half with eight points thanks to a pair of treys while Rideout had three points for the Eagles.

Castleton's offense played conservatively in the second half with the big lead, substituting heavily and moving the ball methodically around the perimeter. The Eagles tripled their offensive output in the second half, but were still outscored 24-17 by the Spartans.

The Spartans were led offensively by Brooke Raiche who recorded 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Makayla Farrara registered nine points and led the team with seven rebounds. Emilee Bose led the reserves with six points and six rebounds.

Green Mountain (5-15, 1-13 NAC) received a team-high nine points from Rideout's three makes from deep. Armstrong collected eight points, nine rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three steals. Keegan Hill (Hagerstown, Md.) contributed seven boards along with her two points.

Green Mountain will next host NEC on Tuesday night to conclude the teams' two-game season series. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m.