|University of Southern Maine||Castleton University|
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Makayla Farrara scored a game-high 17 points, including 12 points in the fourth quarter, as the Castleton University Spartans held off a pesky University of Southern Maine squad in the third game of the Tyler Tip Off Classic hosted by Smith College this weekend.
The win is the third straight for the Spartans who are now 3-0 on the season. Southern Maine falls to 0-3 playing its first three games on the road this season.
Farrara was one of three players in double figures for the Spartans shooting 4-for-8 from the field, including 3-for-3 from three-point range. Ashlie Fay had 13 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals, while Alexis Quenneville had 10 points. Emilee Bose had nine points and seven boards off of the bench.
Southern Maine freshman Kristen Curley (Gorham, Maine) led Southern Maine with 16 points on 6-for-8 shooting from the field, and a 2-for-2 mark from three-point range. Curley was selected to the Tyler Tip Off Classic All-Tournament team. Curley was 12-for-14 from the field, and 3-for-3 from three-point range for the weekend, adding seven rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots. During the tourney, Curley averaged 14.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game.
Junior Alexa Srolovitz (Montreal, Quebec/New Hampton School (NH)) added 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists and a steal, while senior Emily Nicholson scored 11 points, grabbed six boards and had three steals. Sophomore Jackie Luckhardt (Londonderry, N.H.) added 10 points, four assists, three steals and two rebounds. Freshman Morgan Eliasen (Lewiston, Maine) added six points, canning a pair of threes off of the bench.
After a three from Nicholson pulled USM to within a basket of the Spartans 40-38 with 6:19 left in the third quarter, Castleton state used an 11-6 run to close out the quarter to take a 51-44 lead heading into the final 10 minutes of action. The Huskies opened the fourth with a layup from junior Kimberly Howrigan to make it 51-46, but the Spartans responded with a 6-0 run to take its largest lead of the game 57-46 with 7:18 left in regulation. Both teams exchanged baskets over the next few minutes, before the Huskies used a pair of free throws, and five straight points from Srolovitz (on layup and a three-pointer) to pull themselves to within two possession of the Spartans 60-55 with 5:11 to go.
Fay and Farrara responded in kind for Castleton scoring the next seven points as part of a 10-3 run, including a three from Farrara with 3:06 to make it 70-58. The Huskies continued to push and made it a 72-65 game on an offensive rebound and a put back from Curley, but USM could get no closer than five points the rest of the way as Castleton closed the game out on the free throw line for the final.
USM will play its first game of the season at home on Tuesday (5:30 pm) when they host Bates College at Hill Gym.