CASTLETON, Vt. – The Spartans offense struggled early but the defense was never in question as they held Lyndon to just one first-half field goal on the way to a dominating 76-21 victory on Saturday afternoon in Glenbrook Gym.
Castleton forced the Hornets into 1-for-25 shooting in the opening 20 minutes and gave up just six field goals overall as the team improved to 12-2 and 7-0 in the NAC. Lyndon St. finished the game at 11.3 percent shooting from the floor and 1-for-18 from three as they dropped to 1-11 overall and 1-6 in conference play.
The Spartans made 42.2 percent of their shots on the day and connected on eight threes while outrebounding Lyndon St. 61-30. All 12 Castleton players scored at least two points and grabbed one rebound.
Stephanie Bull led the team with 15 points and eight rebounds off the bench while Alyssa Leonard added 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Meghan O'Sullivan was also in double figures with 13 points and Jade Desroches had nine points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks.
Neither team scored through the first two minutes and the Spartans missed their first 11 field goals before Desroches connected on a three at 13:05 to put Castleton in front 4-3. The offense found its groove and the defense locked down as the Spartans held Lyndon without a point for over nine minutes and extended their lead to 22-3 before Watson connected on two free throws with 6:21 left.
Castleton continued to separate itself over the final six minutes. The Spartans allowed just six free throws while scoring 19 points for the 41-8 lead, with the final three coming on a triple from the corner by Lauren Miles off a feed from Bull.
After giving up the opening bucket of the second half, Castleton scored the game's next 17 points to extend its lead to 58-10 with 11:15 left. The Spartans subbed liberally over the final 11 minutes and saw their lead go as high as 57 before finishing with the 56-point victory.