HELENA – The Carroll College women's basketball team's defense flexed its muscles and Saints veterans Hannah Dean and Bailey Pasta carried the offensive load en route to a 66-50 Frontier Conference win over Montana Tech on Wednesday night.
Dean shook off some recent scoring struggles to lead all scorers with 19 points on 7 of 11 shooting from the floor, including 5 of 5 from the free-throw line to go with a game-high nine rebounds.
“I thought Hannah was amazing,” Saints coach Rachelle Sayers said. “Obviously she struggled and she just kept working. She’s been in watching film. She’s been in shooting. Tonight everything fell into place for her. I was so happy for her.”
No. 13 Carrol (18-6, 10-3) l built a double-digit lead early and only gave it up temporarily in the fourth quarter. The Orediggers (13-11, 3-9) could never maintain offense long enough to make a real run at the Saints.
“We’ve kind of been in a shooting slump in the last few games and then again tonight,” Orediggers coach Carly Sanon said. “We’re shooting low 30s. Our defense can get us back in games but we have to be able to make shots. We got within nine and then we just kind of went cold again and didn’t make any shots. That’s kind of been the theme for us the last few weeks.”
Carroll held the Orediggers well under their average of 62 points per game in conference play.
Pasta helped the Saints get going in the first half, scoring 14 of her 16 points in the opening quarters.
“BP just carried us that first half,” Sayers said. “That’s what we need from those veteran players. (Pasta and Dean) so well together. They’re best friends off the floor. On the floor they have great chemistry. I thought those two really took it upon themselves to make sure we got done what we needed.”
Aside from Dean and Pasta’s big nights, the Saints also got 11 points from Brittney Johnson on 5 of 8 shooting.
Christine Denny chipped in 10 points, three assists and two rebounds, too.
Tech had two scorers reach double figures with Kaylynn Coverdell scoring 13 and her sister Kourtney Coverdell adding in 10.
STATS THAT STAND OUT
32 percent: The Orediggers went 18-for-58 from the field, including 4-for-19 from the arc in an off night for the Orediggers.
IN THE PINK
Carroll wore pink to promote breast cancer awareness and honor victims of the disease. The Saints wore muted pink uniforms and hot pink warmups. Carroll also observed a minute of silence to begin the game, followed by a standing ovation for those who are battling disease.
Carroll visits Rocky Mountain College on Friday. Tech travels to Billings to face Rocky on Saturday.