CASTLETON, Vt. – No. 7 nationally ranked Castleton State College (19-4, 15-1) held off the University of Maine at Farmington (11-12, 10-6) with a, 70-57, conference win on Saturday afternoon at Glenbrook Gymnasium.
The Beavers found themselves in an early hole, and trailed, 21-9, only six minutes into the game, but they chipped away at the Spartans' lead for the remainder of the half. In the final two minutes of the half, Kennadi Grover nailed a layup to bring the Beavers within three points of CSC. Castleton scored eight quick points and after Elizabeth Ferry sank a layup with 43 seconds left on the clock, UMF trailed, 38-32, at halftime.
UMF kept the game close in the opening minutes of the second half, but Castleton began to pull away and pushed its lead to as large as 18 points at the nine-minute mark. Despite outrebounding the Spartans, 44-29, the Beavers surrendered 33 points off their own turnovers and with 11 points allowed on fast breaks.
Meghan Smith recorded a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Lindsay Ranquist scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Ranquist sits nine points shy of scoring 1,000 career points. Rhi Jackson finished in double figures with 10 points off the bench. Castleton's Bryanna DuPont netted a game-high 17 points and nine rebounds. Jade DeRoches followed with 14 points.
UMaine-Farmington will play its final regular season game at Dearborn Gymnasium on Wednesday against Husson at 7:30 p.m.