Press Release from Carroll College Sports Information

HELENA – The high-pitched noise of the 2,300 children screaming at the top of their lungs awaited the Carroll College women’s basketball team as they took the court against St. Thomas (Fla.) at PE Center Wednesday afternoon.

The Saints didn’t disappoint the legions of students in attendance at the second-annual field trip game, shooting 25-54 (46.3 percent) from the field and 7-16 (43.8 percent) from the three-point line en route to a 67-53 win.

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Carroll got out on top early, building a 13-3 lead and led 19-6 at the end of the first quarter. The Saints extended the lead to 37-15 with 1:29 to play in the first half before the Bobcats closed with a bucket and a free throw to cut the lead to 37-18.

STU controlled the third quarter, mainly from the foul line, where they were 14-15 from the free throw line. They cut the lead to 48-39 with 1:15 left in the third, but Carroll extended the lead back to 50-40 at the end of the quarter.

The Saints outscored St. Thomas 17-13 to cruise to the victory.

Hannah Dean led Carroll with 13 points. Oona Harrington had nine points and 11 rebounds and Bailey Pasta added nine points.

The Saints dominated the boards with a 50-21 advantage, but struggled to hold onto the ball under tough pressure from the Bobcats, giving up 23 turnovers on 15 St. Thomas steals.

Katie Reinas led STU with 19 points, and Samara Auguste added 13. The Bobcats were 14-49 (28.6 percent) from the field and 2-14 (14.3 percent) from the three-point line. STU was stellar from the free throw line, hitting 23-26 from the line.

The game brought together 2,300 kids from several schools around the Helena area for the largest field trip game in the NAIA. Governor Steve Bullock was on hand to award students from each school certificates for being Champions of Character.

The Saints are now 2-0 on the year while STU falls to 0-2.

Carroll is back and in action tomorrow at 7 p.m. against Northwest University. Northwest is 1-1 on the year with a 73-67 overtime win over Simpson (Calif.) and a 61-48 loss to William Jessup (Calif.).