Mikaela Olson and Michaela Dowdy combined for 23 points and the Carroll College women’s basketball team defeated College of Idaho 48-37 on Saturday in Caldwell.

Carroll played a pair of exhibition tilts against bigger schools in Montana and Utah, and though they dropped both those contests, the game experience served them well in the regular season opener as the Saints are now 1-0 on the young season.

Olson went 5 of 12 from the field, including 3 of 9 from beyond the 3-point line. Dowdy was 5 of 9 from the field for her 10 points. She also pulled down eight rebounds.

Both sides struggled with their shooting. Carroll shot 32 percent from the field and 15 percent from the 3-point line and College of Idaho hit 26 percent of its shots and 16 percent of its 3-point baskets.

The Saints outrebounded the Coyotes 43-34.

The sides went into halftime tied at 19-19, but Carroll scored 15 points in the third quarter and 14 in the fourth. Meanwhile the Saints held Idaho to just nine points in both quarters to pull out the win.

"At the end of the day, with as bad as we shot, the kids dug deep and found a way to win," Rachelle Sayers said. It wasn't easy. We certainly struggled. Mikaela Olson gave us a huge spark off the bench. Sometimes it's just not your night. Tonight was one of those, so I look forward to see what the kids can do tomorrow with the defending Mountain West champions." 

Carroll is back in action on Sunday, playing Boise State before heading back to Helena.