Juniata blows past Castleton State
Eagles shoot season-best 46 percent from the field
HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Juniata earned an 84-57 win against Castleton State n order to advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament, Friday evening.
The Eagles launched out to an early 14-2 lead in the first 3:45 of play thanks to a junior Natalie Glinsky 3-pointer, a foul shot and three layups from Kate McDonald , Ashton Bankos jumper, and a three from Meagan Raville.
Juniata (26-2) continued to rack up the points on the Spartans, and finished the first half with a substantial 43-29 lead. McDonald notched 17 of her 21 points in the first half, including Juniata's six points in the remaining four minutes of the first stanza.
In the first five minutes of the second half, Juniata put up 15 points to Castleton's five. The Blue and Gold scoring spree featured a Glinsky three and layup, a layup from , a Raville drive in the paint, followed by a McDonald layup and pair of foul shots. Sophomore Jordan Hileman finished the Juniata scoring frenzy with a set of shots from the charity stripe.
The Eagle lead peaked with 2:51 on the game clock with a jumper from Kelsey Livoti that increased Juniata's lead to 29 with an 84-55 score.
Juniata finished the night shooting 46.3 percent from the field, its best performance since shooting at a 47 percent in a 71-48 win against Scranton earlier this season Jan. 21. Castleton (22-6) managed a .368 shooting percentage from the floor.
McDonald posted 21 points, and Glinsky was next in line with 17 including a team high three buckets from 3-point land. Raville logged 12 points and junior Jordan Speck was the fourth and final player to reach double-digits with 10 points.