HELENA — The Carroll College women's basketball team closed out its nonconference schedule by hosting Lethbridge (10-2).

The Saints were one of the busiest Frontier teams during the break in conference play, playing what coach Rachelle Sayers called the most difficult schedule of any team in the conference.

The Saints went 4-2 over that stretch and its 82-61 win over Lethbridge on Saturday capped it all off.


Brittney Johnson hit a corner 3-pointer off an inbound pass from Oona Harrington, giving the Saints a 10-point lead in the third quarter. The shot prompted a 12-1 run from the Saints to close out the quarter and take a 56-38 lead into the final frame.


The Saints extended their lead to 20 in the first few minutes of the fourth quarter. Hannah Dean scored six quick points and Michaela Dowdy hit a left-handed hook shot, prompting a timeout from the Pronghorns. Carroll’s lead had swelled to 20 and the Saints maintained the advantage for the rest of the quarter.


Dean turned in another excellent outing, piling up a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. She also added in three steals, two assists and one block. Dowdy had a second strong game in as many nights, scoring 13 points down on the block.

Taylor Salonen came off the bench and gave the Saints a big boost, scoring 13 points and grabbing seven rebounds.

Freshman Jaidyn Lyman came off the bench and in 16 minutes scored nine points, had five assists and three steals.


Carroll got 30 points out of its bench and 36 points in the paints. A night prior the Saints mustered 18 points in the paint and had seven bench points against a good Calgary team.


The Saints get back into conference play with two difficult matchups, hosting Montana Western and Lewis-Clark State on Jan. 4 and Jan. 6.