The No. 11 Carroll College women's basketball team traveled to Havre to face Montana State-Northern on Friday.
The Skylights are coached by Chris Mouat, who is in his 13th season at the helm in Havre. Mouat graduated from Helena High in 1989 before obtaining a degree from the University of Montana.
His coaching career spans around the Big Sky Country, with stops at Helena High, Butte High, Rocky Mountain College and Montana Tech.
Mouat has taken the Skylights to the NAIA Tournament five times, and though this is a down year for the program, he has his young team playing hard.
406mtsports.com asked Mouat a few questions as the Saints and Skylights square off for (likely) the final time this season.
406: We talked a little bit last week about the Jacy Thompson’s injury and the team’s youth, but what else has made this season challenging?
CM: Jacy’s injury was really tough. She’s been such a mainstay in our program for so long and does so much for our team. We are pretty young as a program and team, and even though she’s not playing, Jacy is still a big part of things for us. She has a great head for the game and does everything she can to help all of our players. She’s been very positive despite a very tough situation.
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We’ve had plenty of other challenges to deal with along the way with untimely injuries and sickness, but all teams go through it.
406: What do you think about the makeup of the Frontier Conference this season?
CM: The Frontier is really, really good. With three teams ranked in the top 15 in the nation and another receiving votes, it says a lot about the respect that our league has earned over the years at the national level. We have great players and coaches in the league, and I think we have a lot of teams that can make a good run at the national tournament in Billings.
406: You’ve had nine all-Americans during your tenure. How do you get that type of player to come to Havre?
CM: I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of good players over the years, and we’ve had our first two first-team all-Americans in school history (A’Jha Edwards and Natalee Faupel twice). That says a lot given the history of this program going all the way back to the 80’s.
I think the support we get on campus and in the community are big with recruits, plus our program has been pretty successful over the years. We have a lot to offer as a university, and good things are happening on campus.