Friday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (19-7) at Castleton University (21-4), 6:00 p.m., NAC Semifinal, Glenbrook Gymnasium, Castleton, Vermont.
Series History: Castleton holds a 27-6 all-time record over the Mariners. When hosting, Castleton is 12-2 all-time against Maine Maritime.
Postseason History: The Mariners are 2-5 all-time against the Spartans in postseason play.
On February 29, 2003 the Spartans defeated the Mariners 78-62. (NAC Finals)
On February 24, 2006 the Mariners defeated the Spartans 60-41, in Castine. (NAC Semifinals)
On February 23, 2007 the Mariners defeated the Spartans 53-38, at UMaine-Farmington. (NAC Semifinals)
On February 26, 2010 the Spartans defeated the Mariners 55-42, at Husson. (NAC Semifinals)
On February 25, 2011 the Spartans defeated the Mariners 51-46, at Husson. (NAC Semifinals)
On February 24, 2012 the Spartans defeated the Mariners 73-51, at Castleton. (NAC Semifinals)
On February 26, 2016 the Spartans defeated the Mariners 69-55, at Husson. (NAC Semifinals)
Last Meeting in the NAC Tournament: The two teams met just two seasons ago in the NAC Semifinals on February 26, 2016. The Spartans came away with the 69-55 victory at Husson University.
Alayne Felix (Mahopac, N.Y.) led all scorers with 21 points, six rebounds, one assist and a steal while Kristi Willey chipped in with a double-double of 11 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Jade Desroches and Bryanna duPont led the Spartans with 16 points apiece, while Amanda Beatty added 15 points, and Makayla Farrara added 12 points. duPont led Castleton University with eight rebounds, while Desroches led the team with four assists and four steals.
The Spartans opened up the scoring with a layup from Ali Jones, but Willey splashed a three to give the Mariners the one-point lead at 8:28. The Spartans outscored Maine Maritime 19-12 in the first quarter, but the Mariners came on strong in the second quarter to enter the halftime down just 33-25.
Beatty scored five-straight to open up the third quarter, giving the Spartans a 38-25 lead. Two free throws from Felix at 6:26 brought the Mariners within eight points (41-33), but Lindsay Sabo sank a three to give the Mariners an 11-point lead and Morgan Raiche made a layup to close out the third quarter, giving the Spartans a 55-41 lead.
Four-straight points from Felix and a three from Megan McLean (Eliot, Maine) brought the Mariners within 12 points at 4:09. The Mariners closed the gap to 12 points again with 1:38 remaining, but the Spartans hung on the claim the semifinal victory and the right to advance to the NAC Championship.
Last Meeting: Maine Maritime Academy women's basketball fell to Castleton University 65-54 on January 27, in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action inside of Smith Gymnasium.
The Mariners jumped out to 5-0 lead following a three from Melinda Ogden (Searsport, Maine) and a pair of makes at the line from Megan McLean, but the Spartans fought back to tie the game at 9-9 at 4:34. Castleton took their first lead of the game, 12-11, after two good free throws from Brooke Raiche and carried an 18-16 lead into the second quarter.
Maine Maritime tied the game up twice early in the second quarter, but the Spartans maintained a lead for the rest of the period and took a 29-24 lead into halftime.
Alayne Felix led the Mariners with eight points in the first half, while Makayla Farrara led Castleton with nine points.
The two teams battled closely in the third quarter, but the Spartans held onto a single-digit lead throughout the quarter and began to pull away in the fourth. Castleton led by 10 points (59-49) with 2:31 to play but Ogden hit a three and Felix made a pair from the line to cut the gap to five (59-54) with 48 seconds left. The Spartans were perfect from the line in the closing minutes to secure the victory.
Felix led Maine Maritime with 15 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a steal while Chloe Smedley (York, Maine) added 13 points, two rebounds, one steal and an assist.
Amanda Beatty led the Spartans with 13 points and three rebounds and Emilee Bose added 10 points, three rebounds and a steal.
The Spartans shot 44.7 percent from the floor, while the Mariners shot 33.3 percent. The Mariners and Spartans each pulled down 30 rebounds.
Maine Maritime's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy women's basketball defeated Lyndon State College 57-37, on Tuesday night in NAC quarterfinal action inside of Smith Gymnasium.
The Hornets struck first with a jumper from Kelsey Jacobs, but the Mariners scored four-straight to take a 4-2 lead at 7:46. Gabrielle Foy hit a three-pointer to give Lyndon a 5-4 advantage just seconds later but Maine Maritime's Alayne Felix added four-unanswered points to give the Mariners an 8-5 lead with just under six minutes to play in the first quarter. Lyndon closed the gap to one with 3:24 to go, but the Mariners began to pull away, taking a 15-9 lead into the second quarter.
A layup from Felix stretched the Mariners' lead to 17-9 early in the second quarter, but the Hornets responded with an 8-2 run to close the gap to just two (19-17) at 6:11. Megan McLean splashed a three to spark an eight-point run for the Mariners at 4:24 and Maine Maritime carried a 10-point lead (34-24) into halftime.
The Mariners held the Hornets to just four points in the third quarter and nine points in the fourth quarter to pull away for the 57-37 victory.
Felix led the Mariners with 15 points, six rebounds and three assists, while Melinda Ogden added 13 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals and McLean ended the evening with seven points, and a game-high six assists.
Lyndon's Mikayla Hodge tallied a double-double with a game-high 17 points and 14 rebounds and also chipped in with two steals.
Maine Maritime shot 42.3 percent from the floor, while the Hornets shot 22.0 percent, and the Mariners held a 41-40 edge in rebounds.
Castleton University's Last Game: The Spartans earned a bye in the first round of the NAC Playoffs, and wrapped up their regular season with a decisive 69-36 victory over Green Mountain College on February 17.
Makayla Farrara led the Spartans in scoring with 19 points, while Amanda Beatty finished with 11 points and eight rebounds and Ashlie Fay contributed 10 points, nine rebounds, five assists, and seven steals. Morgan Raiche May collected eight points and six rebounds, and her sister Taylor Raiche added two points, three rebounds, and a career-high five assists to the winning effort.
The Spartans won the rebounding battle, 47-36, including 19 offensive boards that led to 12 second-chance points. Castleton turned the ball over only nine times during the game, a season-best for the Spartans, while it dished out 22 assists.
The Mariners: Alayne Felix leads the Mariners with 16.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Felix, Melinda Odgen, and Caitlin Kane (Wilton, Maine) lead the Mariners with 1.5 steals per game. Megan McLean leads the team with 3.5 assists per game.
As a team the Mariners are averaging 64.4 points, 41.7 rebounds and 16.4 assists per game. The team is shooting 40 percent from the floor, 31.4 percent from beyond the arc and 65.4 percent from the free throw line.
The Spartans: Makayla Farrara leads the Spartans with 14.3 points per game and Amanda Beatty averages 12.1 points per game. Ashlie Fay leads the team with 5.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists and three steals per game.
As a team the Spartans are averaging 67 points 40.4 rebounds, and 16.2 assists per game. Castleton is shooting 40.4 percent from the floor, 32.2 percent behind the arc and 74.6 percent from the line.
In the NAC: Castleton's two conference losses came at the hands of Husson on January 26 (81-77) and Colby-Sawyer on February 6 (48-46). The Mariners dropped conference meetings with Husson on December 2 (58-50) and January 6 (69-61), Castleton on December 8 (65-57) and January 27 (65-54) and Colby-Sawyer on January 13 (52-50).
Castleton's Ashlie Fay was named the NAC Defensive Player of the Year, teammate Brooke Raiche was voted NAC Rookie of the Year, and head coach Tim Barrett was chosen by his peers as NAC Coach of the Year. Amanda Beatty and Makayla Farrar earned First Team All-NAC honors and Taylor Raiche was named to the NAC Sportsmanship Team.
Tickets: Admission will be: $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for students. Children under 12 are free.
The Other Semifinal Matchup: The No. 3 seeded Husson University Eagles (17-9) will take on the second seed Colby-Sawyer College (20-5) on Friday night at 8:00 pm.
2018 NAC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
All start dates/times are subject to change
Semifinals • Friday, February 23 (at Castleton)
No. 4 Maine Maritime at No. 1 Castleton - 6:00 p.m.
No. 3 Husson vs. No. 2 Colby-Sawyer - 8:00 p.m.
Championship • Saturday, February 24 (at Castleton)
Semifinal Winners - 2:00 p.m.