Women's Basketball - NU Upends Castleton
CASTLETON, VT. - A late rally by Norwich University Dec. 13 helped propel the Cadets to their fifth win in the last seven games.
Freshman Aliah Curry (Windsor, Mass.) and senior Jocelyn Fasulo (Contoocook, N.H.) led the attack. Curry finished with a game-high 25 points on 8-for-23 shooting, including 16 points in the second half en route to a 66-60 victory over in-state rival Castleton State. Fasulo fell just short of a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds, while also blocking an impressive seven shots.
CSC got itself in an early 4-0 hole to start the game, but tied the game up at seven on a three by Christine Jaques at the 12:41 mark. The shot sparked a 10-2 run, capped off by an Alyssa Moore jumper with 8:20 remaining. Norwich responded with seven straight points to get within one, but a layup by Alyssa Leonard pushed the lead to 19-16 at the 5:04 mark. Castleton got its lead as ten in the final minutes, but a 5-0 run in the last 45 seconds by the Cadets left them trailing 28-23 at the break.
The two teams went back and forth to start the second half, though the Spartans were eventually able to push their lead to nine, 48-39, on a pair of free throws by Powers with 9:24 remaining. Fasulo hit a jumper to end the run, and the Cadets proceeded to go on a 9-0 run over the next 3:49 to tie the contest at 48 with 5:35 remaining.
Castleton took back a 52-50 lead two minutes later, but a 7-0 spurt gave Norwich a 57-52 advantage with 2:48 left. The Spartans climbed back within one at the 1:15 mark on a trey by Moore to make it 61-60. However, they wouldn't score again, as the Cadets hit all but one of their free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
Norwich (5-6) returns to action on Jan. 7, when it hosts Mount Ida at 1 p.m. The game is the 2011-12 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) opener for the Maroon and Gold.