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Saints hold on to defeat Bulldog women

UMW News Bureau

The Carroll College Fighting Saints defeated the University of Montana Western Bulldogs women’s basketball team 72-67 in front of a full house Friday night in the Straugh Gymnasium. By Lowell Peterson The Carroll College Fighting Saints defeated the University of Montana Western Bulldogs women’s basketball team 72-67 in front of a full house Friday night in the Straugh Gymnasium. When two free throws by Hayley Pettit gave the Bulldogs a 10-9 lead at the 14:45 mark the game already featured three ties and four lead changes. That was when Carroll freshman Bailey Snelling took over, scoring a basket in the paint to give the Saints the lead for good. Snelling finished the first half with 18 points (making five of six three point shots) helping the Saints build a 20 point lead and finish the half on top 43-27. The Saints continued to control the game in the second half and when Jeni Guertin scored in the paint with 11:26 left Carroll had their biggest lead of the night, 56-32. The Bulldogs picked up their intensity and began to pressure the Saints with a full-court press and push the ball offensively. Montana Western outscored Carroll 30-10 over the next ten minutes and cut the lead to four points, 66-62, with 1:26 to play when Alecia Wilson scored off an offensive rebound. With little time remaining, the Bulldogs were forced to foul and the Saints made four straight free throws down the stretch to secure the victory. Montana Western’s intensity and pressure held Carroll to just four made field goals and no three-pointers in the second half, but the Saints converted 21 of 27 free throw attempts to hold on for the win. Four players scored in double figures for the Bulldogs. Pettit led the way with 17 points and also led the team in rebounds with 16. Sammi Bignell finished with 16 points, 13 coming in the second half. Wilson and Nicole Tams each scored 10 points. Wilson was the assists leader with five and matched Pettit with three steals. As a team Montana Western shot .358 (24-67) from the field, .143 (3-21) on three pointers and .593 (16-27) from the free throw line. Snelling, entering the game with a 4.4 scoring average, led the Saints with a career-high 25 points. Kalee Junkermier made all seven of her free throws and ended the night with 18 points. Torrie Cahill also scored in double figures finishing with 10 points. Amy Allen led the team in rebounds with 11 and Guertin had four blocked shots. Carroll was .419 (18-43) from the field, .462 (6-13) from beyond the three point line and .769 (30-39) on free throws. Montana Western (2-4, 12-7) hosts Rocky Mountain College (4-2, 15-6) Saturday night at home in the Straugh Gymnasium in Dillon at 5:30 p.m. Carroll (2-4, 9-10) travels to Butte to play Montana Tech (3-3, 8-10) in the HYPER Center, also at 5:30 p.m. Rocky defeated Tech 72-67 Friday night in Butte.
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