The Saints shifted freshman guard Jaidyn Lyman and redshirt freshman Danielle Wagner into the starting lineup and reaped the rewards, picking up a 78-65 win over the University of Providence on Sunday in Great Falls.
“Really happy for our team tonight,” Saints coach Rachelle Sayers said. “I thought they came in and battled. They showed great maturity with the lineup change and a new defensive scheme that we put in to adjust to Great Falls’ strengths.”
The Saints (5-2, 1-1 Frontier) started Brittney Johnson and Oona Harrington a night earlier, but after a tough 53-42 loss to Montana State-Northern on Saturday in Havre, the Saints shifted their lineup.
Providence led 22-15 after the first quarter, but the Saints outscored the Argonauts 45-25 in the second and third and battled evenly in the fourth to pull out the win.
“We had great energy and played with so much intensity on both ends,” Sayers said. “We were all very disappointed in the outcome in Havre. The gals knew we were a better team than what we showed, so really happy to see us get the job done tonight.”
Bailey Pasta led the Saints with 14 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Wagner made the most of her start, scoring 12 points and pulling down six rebounds.
Hannah Dean finished with a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Carroll shot 51 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc. The Saints out-rebounded the Argos 41-26.
The Argos (10-2, 1-1) were led by Stephanie McDonagh, who scored a game-high 20 points.
Carroll goes back into non-conference play next week, traveling to Spokane for a pair of games against Whitman College and Whitworth University on Friday and Saturday, respectively.