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Michaela Dowdy, Danielle Wagner and Bailey Pasta combined for 41 points and the No. 21-ranked Carroll College women's basketball team held off a potent Menlo team 75-65 on Tuesday in at the Hoop N’ Surf Christmas Classic in Honolulu.

“Big time win against a very good team,” Saints coach Rachelle Sayers said on the phone. “I thought our players really dug in and played with a ton of poise.”

Dowdy led all scorers with 19 points on 8 of 11 shooting in just 18 minutes of play. Dowdy had foul trouble in the first half, but broke through in the scoring column anyhow.

“Dowdy was unbelievable,” Sayers said. “Nineteen points after sitting the entire first half with two fouls is huge. She was automatic today.”

Menlo (9-2) led 16-15 after first quarter, but the Saints outscored the Oaks in every other period to come away with the 10-point win. Carroll (7-3) shot 40 percent from the field and 3-point line, bettering Menlo’s 38 and 20 percent clips.

The Saints also got a big lift off the bench from Taylor Salonen, who led the Saints in rebounding with 14.

“Taylor Salonen comes in and gets 14 rebounds of the bench,” Sayers said. “Just a huge effort from everyone. Really proud of their play today.”

The Oaks were paced by Madison Michelis’ 18 points and 17 rebounds, but only one other scorer, Celina Pagan, finished in double figures.

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Menlo had only one loss entering the contest with Carroll, a 74-70 loss to Holy Names.

Carroll is right back in action as it takes on Saint Xavier University (10-1) at 2 p.m. Wednesday. It will be the last contest for the Saints before Christmas.

“Now we have a quick turnaround to get ready for the No. 1 ranked in the country for NAIA Div. II,” Sayers said. “We will need another huge effort from everyone to leave here 2-0.”


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