Women's Basketball falls in home opener
Castleton State College’s Jess Banks (Milford, Conn.) finished with a game-high 21 points leading the Spartans past the New England College Pilgrims 62-55 Wednesday evening in Henniker. The loss is the first on the season for the Pilgrims who fall to 2-1 overall, while the win is the third straight for the Spartans who improve to 2-0 on the season.
Castleton State would jump out to an early nine point lead, up 12-3 within the first five minutes of regulation. The Pilgrims would storm back using a 6-0 run cutting the Spartan lead to just 15-11 at the 12:32 mark. The two teams would continue to battle back-and-forth as the Pilgrims would get within one point in the final two minutes of the half but the Spartans would hold on to their lead heading into halftime up 31-30.
Castleton State would give themselves some breathing room early in the second half leading by six points, up 44-38 midway through the half. The Pilgrims would try to battle back late but the Spartans would shoot and impressive 41% from beyond the three point arc building a 13 point lead with just 6:32 remaining in regulation and cruising to the 62-55 victory.
In addition to Banks, the Spartans were led by Katie Hoxsie (Middlebury, Vt.) who finished with nine points and Erinn O’Rourke (S. Glens Falls, N.Y.) who chipped in eight points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
Leading the way for NEC was LaShawnda Wilson (Burlington, Vt.) who finished with a team-high 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds. NEC’s Ashley Hutton (Lebanon, N.H.) chipped in 15 points and Katie Plankey (Columbia, Conn.) scored nine points for the Pilgrims.