HELENA -- The Carroll College men's and women's basketball teams completed Frontier Conference weekend sweeps of Montana Western on Sunday. The Carroll College women eked out a 50-47, while the Fighting Saints men cruised to a 78-61 win.
Carroll College women 50, Montana Western 47
Both offenses struggled, but the seventh-ranked Carroll College women found a way to defeat Montana Western 50-47 on Sunday.
Carroll's Dani Wagner had a game-high 17 points, scoring all of her points from 3-point range (on 5-of-11 shooting from behind the arc) or the free throw line (with a 2-for-2 mark from the foul line). She added nine rebounds, as the Saints dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Bulldogs 45-27. The rebounding edge helped offset 23 Carroll turnovers.
UM Western had only 13 turnovers, but the Bulldogs struggled to put the ball in the basket. They finished the game 13 of 47 from the floor (27.7%), and only Sydney Sheridan finished in double figures. She scored 10 points in the loss.
Carroll never trailed and twice led by as many as 17 points -- 29-12 midway through the second quarter and 36-19 midway through the third. The Saints led 16-12 after the first quarter, 31-17 at halftime and 41-31 after the third quarter.
Carroll (13-2 overall, 7-1 Frontier Conference) next hosts Montana Tech on Jan. 23 and 24, while Montana Western (7-3, 5-3) hosts Providence the same days.
Carroll College men 78, Montana Western 61
Jovan Sljivancanin had a monster double-double of 34 points and 13 rebounds as the Carroll College men rolled 78-61 win over Montana Western on Sunday.
The Fighting Saints blitzed the Bulldogs from the opening tipoff, building a 17-7 lead less than six minutes into the game. They ballooned the lead to 45-30 by halftime behind a 19-of-35 shooting performance in the first 20 minutes. Carroll finished the game shooting 51.6% (32 of 62), with Sljivancanin's 16-of-25 performance leading the way.
Brendan Temple added 12 points and Gui Pedra had 11 for Carroll, which finished with 18 second-chance points and 46 points in the paint. According to the game stats, Carroll had 41 total rebounds, with 16 of those coming on the offensive end. Western didn't record a single offensive rebound in the game.
Shamrock Campbell (9) and Dennis Flowers III (7) combined for 16 assists for the Saints, who had 23 assists and 32 made shots.
The Bulldogs were paced by Tanner Haverfield's team-high 14 points. Max Clark (11 points), Jamal Stephenson (10) and Jok Jok (10) also finished in double figures.
Carroll (7-5 overall, 4-4 Frontier Conference) is back at home against Montana Tech on Jan. 23 and 24, while Western (3-5, 2-5) returns to Dillon to host Providence the same days.