HELENA — Jaidyn Lyman started and never stopped.
The freshman point guard set a career high of 18 points as the Carroll College women's basketball team forced 28 turnovers and No. 13-ranked Saints defeated Montana State-Northern 67-46 in a Frontier Conference game on Saturday in the PE Center.
Lyman’s performance had an added layer of intrigue: The first start of her Saints career came at Northern, and the guard wasn’t happy with her play.
Against Northern on Saturday, she led her team in points scored and with a game-high six steals.
“She’s getting more confident every game,” Saints coach Rachelle Sayers said. “She added a different dimension to our game. Her speed just changes the game for us.”
The Saints (17-6, 9-3) led wire-to-wire, playing a tenacious defense and mixing in a variety of rotations. Carroll mixed around the minutes and never let up.
“Their pressure was great,” Northern coach Chris Mouat said. “We turned the ball over too much.”
Northern (9-14, 1-11), in the midst of a down season, never settled in against the Saints’ defense.
Mouat complimented Lyman on her career effort, remarking how well the underclassman from Spokane played.
The Skylights kept the deficit to around 10 for the majority of the game, but the Saints ballooned the lead to 20 in the final five minutes.
The win keeps Carroll tied atop the Frontier Conference standings with Rocky Mountain College.
In addition to Lyman’s career night, Hannah Dean added in 12 points, four rebounds, four steals and a block.
Taylor Salonen shot 5 of 6 from the field for 12 points and added in six rebounds.
STATS THAT STAND OUT
Carroll finished with 15 steals.
Northern had 28 turnovers, while the Saints had just nine.
The Saints host Montana Tech on Wednesday. Northern travels to Montana Western on Thursday.