SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The Carroll College women's basketball team knew that facing No. 7 Westmont in a true road game would be a challenge. Saturday, the Saints met that challenge head on, and behind 15 points from Hannah Dean and 11 points, including two clutch three-pointers, in the final minutes from Bailey Pasta, topped the Warriors 39-34 Saturday night.
"It was a heck of a battle against a very physical and talented team," head coach Rachelle Sayers said. "We made huge stops all night and rebounded like crazy. Westmont is as physical and offensively rebounds as well as any team we have played this year. To win a road game is tough, but to beat the No. 7 team on their court is pretty rare. I'm really proud of this team, buckets were hard to come by but they battled through and refused to lose."
It was a defensive battle from the first possession. The Saints took an early 4-0 lead, but Westmont went on a 9-0 run to take a 9-4 lead with 5:09 to play in the first quarter. They extended that lead to 11-6, before Bailey Pasta closed the frame with a three-pointer to cut it 11-9.
The Saints held the Warriors scoreless from the 3:48 mark in the first quarter, throughout the entire second quarter and to the 8:56 mark in the third, a stretch of 11:52. Carroll outscored Westmont 7-0 in the second quarter to build a 16-11 lead at the half and complete a 10-0 run.
The Warriors were not about to let the game slip away. They began the second half on a 5-0 run to tie the game at 16.
Carroll responded with a 4-0 run, but the two teams would trade buckets for the rest of the third and the Saints entered the fourth quarter with a 25-23 advantage.
In the fourth, the Warriors battled and took their first lead since the second quarter with a jumper from Cassidy Teigs with 4:53 remaining, but Pasta hit a three-pointer with 4:11 remaining to regain the 34-32 lead for Carroll.
Westmont tied the game on their next passion, and again Pasta answered the bell. Christine Denny found Pasta with an assist and Pasta hit with 2:30 left to put Carroll up 37-34.
After trading misses, Westmont put up a last chance three-pointer with eight seconds left, but the long rebound was tracked down by Pasta. She passed the ball to Dean who was fouled and hit both of her free throws to set the final score of 39-34.
"Bailey was Bailey down the stretch," Sayers said. "She is not afraid of the moment. We needed something to fall, we had all been struggling from the three, and she did what a senior leader does - she stepped up and made a play."
Both teams struggled to make shots. Carroll was 15-21 (29.4 percent) from the field while Westmont was 13-42 (31 percent).
Carroll forced Westmont into 19 turnovers and had a 7-1 advantage in second-chance points. Carroll also had nine points from players off of the bench while Westmont had zero.
The Saints continue the tough road trip Monday when they face No. 18 The Master's in Santa Clarita, Calif., at 5 p.m.