BUTTE — The third time proved to be the charm for the Carroll College women's basketball team.
Led by double-digit games from four players — including a handful of critical fourth-quarter shots from senior Bailey Pasta — the 24th-ranked Saints broke a late-game stalemate to pull away from Montana Tech for a 63-55 Frontier Conference victory on Thursday at the HPER Complex.
The win against Tech was Carroll's first in its last three contests against the Orediggers, dating back to two Feb. 2017 losses, both in Butte. The first defeat came in the regular season finale and the second during the Frontier Conference Tournament.
The Saints also extended their current win streak to six.
For Carroll coach Rachelle Sayers, earning that sixth-straight victory was great. But doing it on the road and against a team that they struggled against at the tail end of last season only sweetened the deal.
"It was huge to get this win on the road but it was even bigger to get it here," Sayers said. "We struggled so bad here last year. It was good for our confidence to know that we can come here and win."
Carroll's Michaela Dowdy and Danielle Wagner both flirted with double-doubles with Dowdy scoring 12 points and Wagner adding 10, and both players grabbed eight rebounds. Hannah Dean notched 10 points to round out the Saints' double-digit scorers.
Tech was led by Monica Landdeck's 14 points — including four 3-pointers — and Shay Potter's double-double performance. Potter scored 13 points and hauled in 10 rebounds in less than 16 minutes of playing time.
Orediggers coach Carly Sanon felt if Potter had been allotted more time on the court, the outcome could have been different.
"If we keep (Potter) out on the court for 25 or 30 minutes, I think it's a different ball game," Sanon said.
A plethora of turnovers — 18 in all — also added to Tech's woes.
"That really hurt us, that's the most we've turned it over in a long time," Sanon said. "We got in a hurry in the fourth quarter."
The game was tied 46-46 heading into the fourth quarter. A field goal from Dowdy and a 3-pointer from Pasta gave the Saints a 51-46 advantage and the lead for good.
The game was a battle from the opening tipoff. The Saints scored first, but the Orediggers battled back and controlled the lead for most of the first quarter. They built a 15-10 lead before Carroll cut the advantage to 17-16 at the end of the quarter.
Tech again built a lead in the second, going ahead 25-21 with 5:13 left before the Saints closed on a 9-2 run, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer from Jaidyn Lyman to put Carroll up 30-27 at the half.
Carroll built a 38-29 lead early in the third quarter, but Montana Tech responded and took a 44-42 lead in the final minute of the third. Carroll tied the game at 44 at the end of the third with a jumper from Wagner. The Saints never trailed in the fourth quarter.
The win closes out the first of three legs of the Frontier Conference season for the Saints. Carroll is now 13-4 on the year, and 5-1 in Frontier play and sits atop the conference standings.
The game was the fourth in eight days for Carroll, the only such stretch for the Saints in conference play.
"I'm super proud of this team," Sayers said. "In our fourth game in eight days, playing at on the road against a very good and rested Tech team, I wasn't sure if we would have enough gas in the tank, but these guys are resilient and are playing with such confidence. I couldn't be prouder of them. They are so fun to coach, and I feel like we still are getting better."
The Saints were 23-for-56 (41.1 percent) from the field and 5-for-12 (41.7 percent) from the 3-point line. The Saints held Tech to 19-for-50 (38.0 percent) from the field, but the Diggers were an efficient 6-for-13 (46.2 percent) from the 3-point line. Carroll out-rebounded Tech 36-32 and forced 18 turnovers while only giving up 12.