HELENA — The No. 24 Carroll College women's basketball team went on a 19-6 run to close out the first half and never looked back after they defeated No. 10 Western 82-45 in a Frontier Conference game on Thursday at the PE Center.
A season ago, the Bulldogs (11-4, 1-2) swept the Saints (10-4, 2-1). Carroll looked like the team capable of sweeping on Thursday.
From the tip, the Saints proved to be the aggressors. Carroll crashed the offensive glass and made a point to find high quality shots. It translated into a 35-14 lead at halftime.
As the Bulldogs looked like they may have found some offense in the third quarter, the Saints broke them down. Carroll got two buckets from Hannah Dean and then a corner 3-pointer from Danielle Wagner to undo all of Western’s early-quarter positives.
IT WAS OVER WHEN
Carroll extended its lead to 30 points at segments of the third and fourth quarters, never losing even a shred of momentum along the way.
The Dean Machine performed again.
Dean struggled from the field early, missing her first seven shots, and then turned it around. She broke through in the second quarter after a slicing layup. That bucket appeared to get her back in rhythm, as she hit her next two jump shots from the elbow.
She went 5-for-7 in the second quarter and with 12 points nearly tied the Western's scoring output by herself. As the Saints piled on points in the second half, Dean tallied up a total of 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists.
Michaela Dowdy had a perfect outing after having an ankle scare in the first quarter. Dowdy went 4 of 4 from the field and 7 of 7 from the free-throw line for 15 points.
STATS THAT STAND OUT
Western never found any rhythm on offense, perhaps no better encapsulated by high-scoring guard Brianna King. King entered the game averaging 18 points per game. On Thursday she went 3-for-15 from the field for 10 points, as the Bulldogs offense looked uncomfortable against Carroll's defense.
Western’s shot 27 percent from the field and 21 percent from the 3-point line while Carroll shot 52 percent from the field and 53 percent from the 3-point line. Carroll had 19 assists as a team.
Carroll has another grand opportunity to build its resume as they host No. 7 Lewis-Clark State on Saturday. Carroll was the only team to knock off the Warriors last year, though the Warriors prevailed 2-1 in the season series and made a run into the national championship game playing a breakneck brand of basketball.