Castleton earns first tournament win behind Jade Desroches' career high
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Jade Desroches played the best game of her college career in the biggest game of her college career, scoring a career-high 32 points as Castleton upset host Bowdoin 64-62 in Morrell Gymnasium on Friday night. The win marks the first time in program history that Castleton has advanced in the NCAA tournament.
Desroches played all 40 minutes, controlling the tempo of the game, and paced the Spartan offense. She came up in the clutch as well, knocking down 12 of 14 free throws, including six in the final minute to seal the Spartans' win. Alyssa Leonard chipped in with nine points, seven rebounds and three steals and Liz Douglass added five points, six boards, and four steals, while limiting the Polar Bears' top scorer.
Shannon Brady and Megan Phelps led Bowdoin, each recording double-doubles for the hosts. Brady finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds while Phelps notched 16 points and 10 rebounds. Sarah Binkhorst went for 15 points and nine boards as well.
Castleton shot 42.9 percent from the floor in the second half, including 5-for-11 from behind the arc to comeback from a six-point halftime deficit to shock the Polar Bears on their home floor.