Middlebury scored the game's first nine points and was never challenged during a 74-30 road victory at Castleton on Tuesday evening. The Panthers (3-0) return to action on November 27 at MCLA for a 6:00 p.m. contest, while the Spartans (4-1) host Plymouth State on November 28.
The Panthers jumped out to an 18-4 lead on a jumper by Colleen Caveney with 1:28 left in the opening quarter. Caveney produced 10 points during the run on 5-7 shooting from the floor. The teams traded buckets over the final minute, giving the visitors a 20-6 edge after the initial stanza.
Castleton cut the deficit to 14 (24-10) on a layup from Anna Iannotti with 6:09 left in the second quarter. Middlebury put six quick points together for a 30-10 edge with just under four minutes remaining. That lead grew to as many as 24 at 37-13 on a layup by Catherine Harrison just before the halftime intermission.
Out of the locker room, Middlebury continued to grow its lead, scoring the first 18 points of the third quarter for a 55-13 advantage on a layup by Michaela Sullivan with 2:48 left. The Panther defense held the hosts without a point for a span of 10:09 wrapped around the halftime break. Middlebury outscored the Spartans by an 18-2 count in the frame for a 55-15 edge entering the fourth stanza.
The Panthers were never challenged in the final quarter, growing their lead to as many as 47 (72-25) on a pair of free throws from Vanessa Young with 1:42 left in the contest.
A total of 12 Panthers found the scoring column in the win, paced by Caveney with 16 points on 8-11 shooting. Betsy Knox and Harrison both finished with 11 points, while Harrison pulled down a team-best eight rebounds and Knox handed out four assists. Maya Davis chipped in with eight points.
Iannotti led the Spartans with 10 points off the bench, while Katlyn Toomey yanked down seven rebounds for Castleton.
The Panther defense limited the Spartans to just 30 points on 30.4 percent from the floor (14-46), and just 18.2 percent (2-11) from beyond the arc. Middlebury held a 44-22 rebounding advantage, a 40-20 edge in points in the paint and scored 22 points off of 14 Castleton turnovers.