CASTLETON, Vt. – The top-seeded Spartans defeated Thomas College, 75-25, in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Quarterfinals at Glenbrook Gym on Tuesday evening.
Castleton shot 39.0 percent from the floor, held the Terriers to just 16.2 percent shooting and forced 23 turnovers as the team improved to 23-3 on the year. Thomas was outrebounded 51-34 and gave up 22 offensive rebounds while falling to 4-22 overall.
Shelby LaBarge posted a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds while Lindsay Sabo added a career-high 13 points along with two rebounds and two assists. Stephanie Bull led all scorers with 14 points while Heather Murdough chipped in with nine rebounds, five steals and three points.
Alyssa Leonard gave the Spartans a 5-3 lead just 2:49 into the game and they scored the next ten points as well to open up at 15-3 advantage with 12:08 left in the half. Castleton extended its lead to 20, 25-5 at 8:35, and another 10-0 spurt made it 35-5 with 5:20 left. The Spartans outscored the Terriers 10-2 over the final five minutes of the first for a 45-7 lead at the break.
Castleton extended its lead to 45, 54-9, less than four minutes into the second half on layup by Murdough. Thomas came back with a 9-2 run to pull within 39, but the Spartans scored the next 11 points to push their advantage to 67-17 on a three from Bull with 7:30 remaining. Castleton's lead climbed as high as 53 in the final six minutes before the Spartans finished with the 50-point win.
This game marks the end of the collegiate careers of: Goodall, Kate Thibodeau, and Hutchins, who will all be graduating from Thomas this spring.
COURTESY OF CASTLETON SID DEPARTMENT