Colby-Sawyer Claims First Women's Basketball Title

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Spartans saw their dreams of a second-straight NAC Championship dissolve as Colby-Sawyer went on a 16-1 run midway through the second half and then withstood a last-minute rally to earn a 65-59 victory over Castleton to clinch the program's first NAC Championship.

It was a hard-fought contest with the Spartans holding just a slim 37-36 lead at the break, however, they shot just 23 percent from the field in the second half in falling to 26-2 on the year. The Chargers improved to 23-5 overall and earned the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Three players reached double figures for the Spartans, led by Stephanie Linder with 11 points, six rebounds and four steals. Alyssa Leonard and Meghan O'Sullivan each scored ten, with Leonard added 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals. Leonard and Liz Douglass were named to the all-tournament team for their play over the past three tournament contests.

Taylor DeSanty was honored as NAC Tournament MVP after scoring a game-high 27 points on 9-for-16 shooting from the floor, including five triples. He also added seven rebounds and three steals. Cailin Bullet finished with six points, five rebounds and five assists and earned all-tournament honors.

Castleton struggled shooting in the opening minutes and the Chargers took advantage, opening with a 5-2 lead and then taking a 14-10 advantage with 12:43 left in the half.  The lead got as high as five before a 9-2 gave the Spartans their first lead, 21-19, with 9:20 remaining. Castleton wouldn't relinquish the lead in the half, pushing it as high as eight, 33-25, before a mini run by Colby-Sawyer closed the gap to 37-36 at the break.

The Spartans established an advantage early in the second half, going up 47-41 on three free throws by Tarryn Bolognani. Castleton maintained the two possession lead until a jumper by O'Sullivan made it 52-45 with 11:53 left.

Colby-Sawyer College DeSanty drew a foul and hit a pair of free throws on the next possession. That jumpstarted a 17-1 run over the next six minutes by the Chargers, with two free throws by Kelsey Cahill giving Colby-Sawyer a 62-53 lead with 4:56 remaining.

Jade Desroches came off the bench to hit a pair of threes for a personal 6-0 run that cut the lead to 62-59 with 1:26 left.  However Bullet made a free throw on the ensuing possession and Castleton missed a trio of shots to trim the lead further. The Spartans were finally forced to foul and the Chargers held on for the victory.

Castleton now waits to see whether the team earns an NCAA or ECAC bid to postseason play. 

All-Tournament Team
Kayla Lawlor - New England Col.
Lindsay Ranquist - UMF
Liz Douglass - Castleton
Alyssa Leonard - Castleton 
Cailin Bullett - Colby-Sawyer
Taylor DeSanty - Colby-Sawyer (MVP) 

Championship Bracket

Quarterfinals – Tuesday, February 19 at Higher Seed

 

(8) Thomas

35

(1)    Castleton

73 - RECAP

(7) Lyndon

46

(2)    Colby-Sawyer

71 - RECAP

(6) Husson

50

(3)    New England Col.

55 - RECAP

(5) Me.-Farmington

56

(4)    Maine Maritime

52 - RECAP

Semifinals – Friday, February 22 at Castleton

Me.-Farmington

47

Castleton

79 - RECAP

New England Col.

52

Colby-Sawyer

62 - RECAP

Finals – Saturday, February 23 at Castleton

Colby-Sawyer

65

Castleton 

59

 




February 22, 2013

Defending champion and top-seeded Castleton State College will take on the second seed, Colby-Sawyer College, in the 2013 NAC Women's Basketball Final Saturday at 2 p.m. Both teams advanced with semifinal wins Friday evening, setting up a rematch of the 2012 final.

Championship Bracket

Quarterfinals – Tuesday, February 19 at Higher Seed

 

(8) Thomas

35

(1)    Castleton

73 - RECAP

(7) Lyndon

46

(2)    Colby-Sawyer

71 - RECAP

(6) Husson

50

(3)    New England Col.

55 - RECAP

(5) Me.-Farmington

56

(4)    Maine Maritime

52 - RECAP

Semifinals – Friday, February 22 at Castleton

Me.-Farmington

47

Castleton

79 - RECAP

New England Col.

52

Colby-Sawyer

62 - RECAP

Finals – Saturday, February 23 at Castleton

Colby-Sawyer

at 

Castleton 

Live Stats - Video  

 

 


 

February 19, 2013

Castleton State College, Colby-Sawyer College, New England College and the University of Maine at Farmington all punched their respective tickets to the semifinal round of the North Atlantic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Tuesday evening.

Championship Bracket

Quarterfinals – Tuesday, February 19 at Higher Seed

 

(8) Thomas

35

(1)    Castleton

73 - RECAP

(7) Lyndon

46

(2)    Colby-Sawyer

71 - RECAP

(6) Husson

50

(3)    New England Col.

55 - RECAP

(5) Me.-Farmington

56

(4)    Maine Maritime

52 - RECAP

Semifinals – Friday, February 22 at Castleton

Me.-Farmington

at

Castleton

Live Stats - Video 

New England Col.

vs

Colby-Sawyer

Live Stats - Video  

Finals – Saturday, February 23 at Castleton

Semifinal Winners

 

 

Live Stats - Video  
 

 


 

February 16, 2013

Defending champion Castleton State College has secured the top seed in the upcoming North Atlantic Conference Women's Basketball Championship. The Spartans (24-1 overall, 17-1 NAC) will host eighth-seeded Thomas College (7-17 overall, 5-13 NAC) in a quarterfinal game on Tuesday.

Colby-Sawyer earned the second seed, finishing the season 20-5 overall, 17-1 NAC. The Chargers will host Lyndon State College (8-17 overall, 6-12 NAC) which earned the seventh seed in quarterfinal action Tuesday.

Third-seeded New England College (17-8 overall, 12-6 NAC) will host sixth-seeded Husson University (8-16 overall, 8-10 NAC) Tuesday, while fourth-seeded Maine Maritime (14-11 overall, 11-7 NAC) hosts fifth seed University of Maine at Farmington (11-13, 11-7 NAC) in the final quarterfinal Tuesday.

The top eight teams qualify for the NAC Championship. Predetermined tiebreaking procedures were used to seed teams with identical conference winning percentages.

Quarterfinal round games will be played on Tuesday, February 19 at the higher seed. Winners will advance to the semifinals held at the highest remaining seed on Friday, February 22. Semifinal winners will meet Saturday, February 23 at the site of the semifinal.

Game times and dates are subject to change. The NAC Champion receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Championship.

Championship Bracket

Quarterfinals – Tuesday, February 19 at Higher Seed

 

(8) Thomas

at

(1)    Castleton

 

(7) Lyndon

at

(2)    Colby-Sawyer

 

(6) Husson

at

(3)    New England Col.

 

(5) Me.-Farmington

at

(4)    Maine Maritime

 

Semifinals – Friday, February 22 at Highest Remaining Seed

Me.-Farmington/Maine Maritime

vs

Thomas/Castleton

 

Husson/New England Col.

vs

Lyndon/Colby-Sawyer

 

Finals – Saturday, February 23 at Semifinal Site

Semifinal Winners