Busque carries women's basketball into overtime, Beavers best Castleton

CASTLETON, Vt. -- Ashley Busque (Belgrade, Maine) netted a career-high 26 points, including nine in the final minute of regulation, to lead the University of Maine at Farmington past Castleton State College 69-67 in overtime in North Atlantic Conference women's basketball regulation.

The Beavers (4-7, 1-1) are scheduled to face Green Mountain College on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Poultney, Vt. The Spartans slipped to 6-6 (0-1).

The Beavers, who after the first 1:18 of the game did not lead in the rest of regulation, trailed 59-51 with 1:17 left to play in the second half. Busque canned a pair of 3-pointers and closed out regulation by draining three free throws with a second left to knot the contest at 60-60. In overtime, Kenni Norton (Strong, Maine) hit a pair of free throws to tie and take the lead at 68-67 and came up with a defensive rebound and another foul shot for the 69-67 final.

Busque hit five 3-pointers in the contest and knocked down all seven of her free throw attempts, while Jillian Ross (Belfast, Maine) collected her second straight double-double with 14 points and a career-best 16 boards. Norton finished with 13 points and Emma Morrison (Saco, Maine) passed out five assists.

Christine Jaques led Castleton with 17 points with Alyssa Leonard and Vanessa Powers each providing 14 points and Kristie Dunchus adding 11 points off the bench.

After leading 32-31, the Spartans outscored Farmington 8-2 out of intermission and kept the Beavers at a multiple-possession distance for a majority of the second half. Castleton led by eight points on three occasions in the second with a 59-51 cushion on a Jaques jumper with 1:17 to play in the second. Busque hit 3-pointers on back-to-back trips to cut the lead to 59-57. Following a 1-of-2 trip to the foul line fo Jaques, Busque was fouled shooting a 3-pointer and hit all three freebies to send the game to overtime at 60-60.

Busque and Ross connected on threes to put the Beavers up 66-62 with 3:13 to play in overtime, but Castleton scored the next five points with a Leonard basket giving the hosts a 67-66 edge with 1:08 remaining. Norton finished off the game at the charity stripe as Farmington squeaked out the 69-67 victory.