Women's Basketball Team Upset By Castleton in First Round of NCAA Tournament

Photo courtesy of Michele Stapleton
Photo courtesy of Michele Stapleton

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Jade Desroches scored a game-high 32 points to lead the Castleton State College women's basketball to its first-ever NCAA Tournament win in a 64-62 upset over Bowdoin on Friday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.

The Spartans improve to a program-best 26-3 and advance to Saturday's second round where they will battle Plattsburgh for a trip to the "Sweet Sixteen" at 7 p.m. The Polar Bears end their season with a record of 21-6.

Desroches was nearly unstoppable, scoring 20 of her 32 points in the second half to spark the decisive run for the Spartans. No other Castleton State player saw double figures as Alyssa Leonard came the closest with nine points and seven rebounds.

Bowdoin was led by 20 points and 10 rebounds from Shannon Brady. Megan Phelps had 16 points and 10 rebounds while Sara Binkhorst had 15 points and nine boards.

Bowdoin held a 29-23 lead at the break thanks to 11 first-half points from Phelps. After Brady extended Bowdoin's lead to 31-23 less than a minute into the second half, the Spartans rolled off a 17-2 run, sparked by three-pointers from Desroches, Meghan O'Sullivan, and Leonard to take their first lead of the contest, 40-33.

After Bowdoin trimmed the lead to 42-40 at the ten minute mark, the Spartans answered with an 11-2 run to take a commanding 11-point lead, 53-42, with 5:30 to go.

The Polar Bears chipped away, closing the gap to five points on a lay-in by Brady, 53-48, with 3:30 remaining. But Desroches again answered for the visitors, throwing up a desperation scoop shot with the shot clock expiring that caromed off the top of the glass and into the hoop for the proverbial back-breaking basket.

Bowdoin rallied to make it a one-possession game in the closing moments, but a potential game-tying three-pointer by Selena Lorrey caromed out with 11 seconds to go. The Spartans connected on 12-16 free throws in the second half to seal the win.

The Polar Bears held a 48-40 advantage on the glass for the game. The loss is just the second home NCAA loss in program history for the Polar Bears, who are now 15-2 all-time in tournament play in Morrell Gymnasium.

Plattsburgh State 67, Roger Williams 56

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Tequilla Lloyd scored a game-high 18 points off the bench to lead the Plattsburgh University women's basketball team to a 67-56 victory over Roger Williams in an NCAA Division III First Round Tournament game Friday evening on the campus of Bowdoin College.

The Cardinals improve to 23-5 and advance to Saturday's Second Round against the winner of Bowdoin and Castleton State at 7:00 p.m. in Morrell Gymnasium. Roger Williams ends one of its finest seasons with a record of 22-7. 

Lloyd, who entered the game averaging 3.8 points per game, scored 12 of her 18 points in the second half to lead Plattsburgh to their first-ever NCAA Tournament win. Kathleen Payne scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Cardinals while Devona Paul pitched in 14 points.

Roger Williams was led by four players in double figures, including a team-high 16 points Kaitlyn Bovee. She was joined in double digits by Angelica Ariola (12), Ari Renwick (11) and Amanda Keane (10).

Trailing 34-30 at halftime, the Hawks rallied to take the lead on a pair of free throws from Bovee with 9:17 remaining, 49-47. The teams battled back and forth until a 55-55 tie with 3:07 remaining in the game - the 11th tie score of the contest.

The Cardinals closed the game on a 12-1 run, getting a consecutive layups from Lloyd with under 1:30 to go that pushed the lead to 62-55. Plattsburgh hit five late free throws to seal the win.

Plattsburgh held a 39-33 edge in rebounding and finished at 45.5% shooting for the game. Roger Williams made 32.8% of their shots from the field.