They've gone further in the NCAA tournament than any team in school history. The Castleton women's basketball team, which has six seniors and eight Vermonters on the roster, is headed to the round of 16 after two tough road wins over the weekend. That includes an 18 point comeback Saturday.
"We were joking after the game that the biggest Google search was going to be where was Castleton, Vermont," Castleton Junior Jade Desroches said. "We like showing that we in Vermont can play too."
"It is great to see Vermont players come in and have a great experience come in playing at the national level," Castleton Head Coach Tim Barrett said. "I couldn't be prouder of our whole group. I'm really happy for our 6 seniors that have really raised the bar for our whole program."
After losing the NAC Title game on their home court last season, the Spartans have bounced back strong. They won the 2013 ECAC title and the 2014 NAC championship a couple of weeks ago. Both victories were in Castleton.
"We just want to keep playing better and better," Desroches said. "As our competition gets better, we want to play better ourselves so we can live up to that competition and compete with them."
"We've put our name on the map so we can go as far as we want to go. If we really work our hardest we'll be up for the challenge," Castleton Senior Liz Douglass said. "We're focusing on fine tuning and finishing out the season on a good note."
Before the final destination of Wisconsin, the next stop is Boston and a chance to extend an already satisfying season.
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