CASTLETON, Vt. – Senior forward Vanessa Powers (Marshfield, Vt.) scored a game-high 21 points and hauled in 13 rebounds to lead Castleton to an 83-55 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) women's basketball win over Green Mountain College Saturday afternoon at Glenbrook Gymnasium.
Castleton has now won 11-straight games and improves to 17-4 overall and 14-1 in conference play. Green Mountain falls to 2-18, 0-15.
Powers was virtually unstoppable inside, shooting 10-for-13 from the field and grabbing seven offensive rebounds to pace nine Spartans on the score-sheet. Stephanie Bull (Milton, Vt.) followed with 16 points on 7-for-12 shooting off the bench, while Tarryn Bolognani (Whitingham, Vt.) added 12 and Alyssa Leonard (Amherst, Mass.) chipped in 11.
Chelsea Paul (Northville, N.Y.) led three Eagles in double figures with 15, and Sierra Pease (West Rutland, Vt.) added 15 off the bench. Millicent Hopper (Governeur, N.Y.) added a dozen for the visitors.
After a sluggish opening three minutes, Castleton used an 18-1 run that spanned six minutes of play to take an 18-3 lead by the 10-minute mark. Powers and Bull combined for 12 points during the run, with all of them coming from inside the paint. Pease scored the next seven-straight points for the Eagles to bring the game back to single digits, but a Powers lay-up followed by a Christine Jaques (Burlington, Vt.) three-pointer pushed the lead back to double-digits where it stayed for the remainder of the half as the Spartans carried a 36-22 lead into halftime.
The Spartans remained comfortably ahead for the duration of the second half, and saw their lead balloon to 78-47 on a Bull steal and lay-up at the three-minute mark.
Castleton turned 25 Eagle turnovers into 27 points and held a commanding 54-16 advantage in the paint while shooting 45.5% (35-77) from the field.
Both teams return to conference action on Tuesday, February 14 at 5:30 pm. The Spartans will host Johnson State, while Green Mountain entertains Lyndon State. Both games will be part of the Play 4Kay Initiative, an event sponsored by the Kay Yow Foundation to help raise awareness and funds for Breast Cancer research.