The Carroll College women's basketball team faces the University of Montana, the University of Utah and Boise State University in exhibition games. The Saints will also travel to Hawaii for a pair of neutral-site games to highlight the 2017-18 schedule.
The Saints open with three of their first four game against D-I opponents, starting with Montana on Oct. 30, on Nov. 2, the Saints travel to Salt Lake City to take on the Utes before returning north to take on Cascade Conference opponent College of Idaho on Nov. 4 before meeting Boise State on Nov. 5.
"We are really excited about the challenges that lie ahead with this schedule," coach Rachelle Sayers said. "Starting off the season with three Division I games out of our first four will be quite a challenge. From the Big Sky to the Pac-12, then playing College of Idaho on the road and then back to another Division I matchup with 2017 Mountain West Conference champions, Boise State, we will definitely have our hands full."
The Saints then host a pair of home games, starting with the second annual field trip game on Nov. 8 against Saint Thomas University from Miami Gardens, Florida. On Nov. 9, the Saints take on Northwest University.
The Saints take a trip to California for true road games against Westmont on Nov. 18 and The Master's on Nov. 19 before opening Frontier Conference play on the road against the University of Great Falls on Dec. 1 and MSU-Northern on Dec. 2.
The Saints play two NCAA D-III schools in Whitman on Dec. 8 and Whitworth on Dec. 9 in Spokane. Before traveling to the Hoop N Surf Classic near Waikiki Beach in Honolulu on Dec. 19-20. The Saints face Menlo College and Wayland Baptist in the tournament.
"We have three preseason top-25 matchups with The Masters, Westmont College and Wayland Baptist, and all on the road," Sayers said. "We will once again be hosting our Field Trip game vs. St Thomas University from Florida. On top of all the great matchups we have a unique opportunity to play in Hawaii before Christmas, which the team is really looking forward to."
The Saints close out nonconference action against the University of Calgary on Dec 29 and Lethbridge University on Dec. 30 at the PE Center before hosting Montana Western, Lewis-Clark State and Rocky Mountain in three consecutive home games to start the bulk of Frontier Conference action.
The Frontier conference will again play the 18-game, three-round, round robin conference season. The Saints close with Lewis-Clark State on Feb. 22 and Montana Tech on Feb. 24 at home.
The Saints finished last season 18-13 overall but tallied some impressive wins, including a 64-57 win over national runner-up Lewis-Clark State. The Saints lost just one starter in Baylee Watson and return honorable mention All-American Cassidy Hashley, and all-conference honorees Baily Pasta and Hannah Dean.
"We have a very veteran squad returning, which includes, All-American Cassidy Hashley and All Conference performers, Baily Pasta and Hannah Dean," Sayers said. "We return more than 90 percent of our scoring and rebounding from a year ago, so we are definitely looking forward to that first game on Oct. 30."