Series Histories: The Spartans hold a 25-6 advantage over the Mariners, and a 12-3 record when hosting in Vermont.
The Mariners hold a 16-3 all-time advantage over the Eagles, including 16-straight victories. When playing at Green Mountain, the Mariners are 8-2 all-time.
February 10, 2017: Castleton University 60 – Maine Maritime Academy 49
The Spartans took a 2-0 lead on a layup from Amanda Beatty to open up the game, but the Mariners responded with five-unanswered points to take a 5-2 lead at 8:43. The Spartans tied the game up at 6-6 at 6:43, but the Mariners built as much as a six-point lead, following a three-point play by Eryn Doiron (Wilton, Maine) at 2:23.
Maine Maritime controlled the second quarter, taking another six-point lead with 6:51 to go, after a jumper from Amanda Holewiak (Somerset, Mass.) and a three from Caitlin Kane (Wilton, Maine). The Spartans chipped away at the lead late in the quarter, following a four-point run to cut the deficit to 27-26, but Megan McLean (Eliot, Maine) hit two from the line to close out the half and sent the Mariners into halftime with a 29-26 lead.
The two teams exchanged the lead early in the third quarter, and entered the final quarter tied at 40-40.
The Spartans scored six-straight to open up the fourth quarter, and took a 46-40 lead. The Mariners cut the deficit to two, with 6:47 remaining but Castleton outscored the Mariners 10-2 in the final four minutes to take the victory.
McLean led the Mariners with 12 points, six assists, four rebounds, and a steal, and both Kane and Alayne Felix (Mahopac, N.Y.) ended the evening with 10 points. Kane added three assists and two rebounds, while Felix chipped in with two rebounds, two steals, and an assist.
Castleton's Beatty led all players with 28 points, while also adding six rebounds, a steal and a block. Makayla Farrara added 11 points, six rebounds, and five assists.
February 11, 2017: Maine Maritime Academy 75 – Green Mountain College 26
The Mariners held the Eagles to just four points in the first quarter, to build a 20-4 lead, and outscored Green Mountain 16-6 in the second quarter to take a 36-10 lead into halftime.
Maine Maritime's Alayne Felix led all players with 10 points in the first half.
The Mariners never looked back, building a 53-19 lead entering the fourth quarter and cruised to the 75-26 victory.
Caitlin Kane and Felix led the Mariners with 20 points each. The total marks a career-high for Kane, who also added three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Felix contributed a team-high eight rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Melinda Ogden (Searsport, Maine) added nine points, seven rebounds, two steals and an assist.
Taylor Hill led the Eagles with eight points, Berlanda Dely pulled down a team-high eight boards and Mercedes Rideout dished out a team-leading three assists.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy women's basketball fell to Husson University 58-50 on Saturday afternoon in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action inside of Newman Gymnasium.
Alayne Felix tallied her 1,000th career point, while tallying a double-double of 13 rebounds and 10 points.
The two teams were deadlocked at 13-13 following the first quarter, and the second quarter proved to be just as competitive with the two teams exchanging the lead back-and-forth until the Eagles took a narrow 29-27 advantage into halftime.
Megan McLean led the Mariners with 12 points in the first half, while Kenzie Worcester led the Eagles with nine points.
Worcester hit a layup to open up the third quarter, but Felix made a pair from the line and Melinda Ogden splashed a three to give the Mariners a 32-31 lead. Ogden hit another three with 4:35 to go in the quarter to give the Mariners to a 40-35 lead and Mikayla Charters added a point from the line to make it 41-35 at 3:13. The Eagles scored four-unanswered points to close out the quarter and cut Maine Maritime's lead to 43-42.
Amanda Holewiak and Tess Clark (Spring, Texas) made baskets for the Mariners to open up the fourth quarter, giving the Mariners a 47-42 advantage but the Eagles scored five-straight to tie the game with 6:31 remaining. Felix made a layup with 4:44 to go but the Eagles scored seven-straight to take a 54-49 lead and never looked back.
McLean led the Mariners with 15 points, four assists, a rebound, a steal and a block, while Ogden added six points, seven rebonds, two assists and a steal.
Worcester led the Eagles with 21 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals and Emma Alley added 10 points, a rebound and an assist.
The Eagles shot 35.8 percent from the floor while the Mariners shot 23.2 percent, but the Mariners held a 54-31 edge in rebounds.
Castleton University's Last Game: After a slow start, Castleton University combined strong defense and timely offense in the middle two quarters to pull away with a 62-37 victory over Colby-Sawyer College Tuesday evening in a North Atlantic Conference women's basketball game at Coffin Field House.
Brooke Raiche and Makayla Farrara led the scoring charge with three three-pointers apiece as Raiche scored 15 points and Farrara added 13 points and three steals. Both players also finished with five rebounds and four assists each. Emilee Bose made a significant contribution off the bench, adding eight points and a team-high seven rebounds to the winning effort.
Colby-Sawyer took the lead midway through the first quarter on consecutive baskets by Lexie Hamilton and Emmani Robinson. After Raiche hit a layup to tie the game at 8-8, Robinson hit another jumper to give the Chargers a 10-8 advantage after the first quarter.
Castleton scored the first 10 points of the second quarter, with all three Raiche sisters making one shot apiece and Abbie Lesure capping the run with a three-pointer. Colby-Sawyer scored the next six points to close to within two at 18-16 halfway through the quarter, but the Spartans responded with 14 unanswered points, led by Raiche and Farrara with two three-pointers apiece.
Joslin Wainwright hit a layup in the final seconds of the half to end the Spartan run, but Castleton still held a 32-18 lead at halftime. The Spartans put the game away in the final six minutes of the third quarter, rattling off a 19-0 scoring run started by Farrara's third three-pointer of the night as she scored seven points during the stretch.
For the second straight game, Castleton did not allow an opposing player to reach double figures in scoring, as Robinson led the Chargers with eight points and 13 rebounds, while Hamilton also scored eight points. As a team, Colby-Sawyer shot 29.2 percent (14-for-48) from the field, including 1-for-12 from behind the three-point line, and 66.7 percent (8-for-12) from the free throw line.
The Spartans shot 37.5 percent (24-for-64) from the field, including 8-for-24 from behind the three-point line, and 75 percent (6-for-8) from the free throw line. Castleton won the rebounding battle, 42-35, and forced the Chargers into 24 turnovers, scoring 22 points off those mistakes.
Green Mountain College's Last Game: The Green Mountain College women's basketball fell to New England College, 81-28, in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) play on Tuesday evening.
The Pilgrims were led by Kourtney Elmore with a game-high 18 points on 6-for-14 shooting with four three-pointers. Rene Hudson chipped in with 14 points, followed by Ashley Lopez with 12 points. Lopez also tallied five assists and five steals in the win.
As a team, the Pilgrims shot 35.9 percent from the floor (28-of-78) and 10-for-28 (35.7 percent) from three-point range. The Pilgrims hit just 15-of-34 attempts from the free throw line.
The Eagles were led by Mercedes Rideout with eight points on 3-of-12 shooting while Taylor Hill led the team in rebounding with six boards.
Green Mountain struggled from the floor, hitting just 11 shots on 47 attempts (23.4 percent). The team also had difficulty holding onto the ball which resulted in 32 points for the Pilgrims off of its 40 turnovers.
The first half saw the Pilgrims go on an 11-0 run before the Eagles managed their first basket. NEC outscored its guests 18-6 in the first quarter.
NEC really took control in the second quarter, where they used a 26-4 scoring advantage to build a 30-point lead. Nine different players contributed to the Pilgrims' first-half efforts, including Elmore, who had 13 points and three three-pointers by halftime.
The game continued in similar fashion in the second half, with NEC widening the gap even farther en route to the 53-point victory.
As a team the Mariners are averaging 63.2 points, 47.2 rebounds and 18.4 assists per game. The team is shooting 39.3 percent from the floor, 26.1 percent from beyond the arc and 60.2 percent from the free throw line.
The Spartans: Makayla Farrara leads the Spartans with 13.3 points per game, Amanda Beatty averages 11 points per game and Alexis Quenneville averages 10 points per game. Ashlie Fay leads the team with six rebounds 4.1 steals and 3.7 assists per game.
As a team the Spartans are averaging 69.6 points 43.4 rebounds, and 14.9 assists per game. Castleton is shooting 40.5 percent from the floor, 33.9 percent behind the arc and 33.9 percent from the line.
The Eagles: Mercedes Rideout leads Green Mountain with 12 points and one steal per game, while Britanny Frasier leads the team with 7.3 rebounds per game and Taylor Hill leads the Eagles with 2.6 assists per game.
As a team the Eagles are averaging 46.8 points, 44.0 rebounds and eight assists per game. The team is shooting 26.8 percent from the floor, 24.1 percent from 3-point land and 61.3 percent from the line.