CASTLETON, VT - Sophomore forward Asiah Knight (Norwalk, CT) scored a team-high 16 points, but the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team fell at Little East Conference newcomer Castleton University, 67-60 on Saturday afternoon at Glenbrook Gym.
Knight connected on 7-of-10 attempts from the field, had five rebounds and recorded a game-high six steals to lead the Colonials, which fall to 5-7 overall and are 0-4 in the league.
Freshman guard Hannah Maghini (Bristol, CT) added 12 points and was the only other WestConn player to reach double figures in the scoring column.
Genesis Torres (Stratford, CT) led the visitors with 10 rebounds and five assists on Saturday.
Castleton, now 10-3 overall and 2-2 in the LEC, was led by Alexis Quenneville who had a game-high 27 points on 9-of-18 shooting from the floor. She canned 6-of-10 attempts from beyond the three-point arc and hauled down six rebounds for the Spartans.
Brooke Raiche added 14 points and collected a game-high 11 rebounds for the winners. She was nearly perfect from the free-throw line, making 10-of-11 attempts.
The Colonials had a rough start as they fell behind 12-2 after the first quarter of play and were never able to recover from the early deficit.
With 8:37 remaining in the second quarter, Ashley Wilcox buried a lay-up to put Castleton up, 20-2. The hosts lead grew to 19 points, 34-15 with 13 seconds remaining before halftime when Quenneville converted a pair of attempts from the charity stripe.
WestConn would not quit and drew within four points, 62-58, when senior Jancy Sherwood (Poughquag, NY) drilled a three-pointer with 1:20 remaining in the game. It would be the closest the Colonials would get the rest of the way.
The Colonials continue their three-game road swing when they travel to University of Southern Maine on Tuesday, January 8. Tip-off against the Huskies is scheduled for 3 pm.