(Editor's note: Carroll College media release)
HAVRE -- The No. 6-ranked Carroll College Fighting Saints women's basketball team took down the Montana State-Northern Skylights for the second time in as many nights, winning 65-59.
The Saints (10-1, 4-0 Frontier Conference) held a 53-42 lead entering the fourth quarter and mostly kept the Skylights (1-5, 0-2) at bay. Carroll only allowed Northern to get within seven at the tightest juncture of the final period.
Carroll shot 46-percent from the field while holding Northern to a 39% effort from the field. The Saints, for a second consecutive evening, out-rebounded the Skylights 31-23. Carroll also held a decided advantage in the interior, outscoring Northern 32-16 in the paint.
Sophomore Jamie Pickens scored a game-high 19 points, while three other Saints also reached double figures. Redshirt sophomore Maddie Geritz scored 14, while seniors Danielle Wagner added 13 and Christine Denny scored another 10. Sienna Swannack scored five points and had a career-high 12 rebounds.
The Skylights were led by Tiara Gilham, who had 19 points and five rebounds. McKenzie Gunter added 18 points going 6-12 from the field. L'Tia Lawrence added eight points.
It was the Saints' third consecutive win. Carroll will once again be on the road this weekend as they travel to face Providence on Saturday and Sunday.
MEN: Carroll College 70, MSU-Northern 66
And then, the tides turned for the Fighting Saints men's basketball team.
A few days after a stinging loss late to Montana Tech that dropped the Saints to 0-2 in conference, Carroll College found ways to close out two road games against Montana State-Northern and improve to .500 in the Frontier Conference.
On Tuesday, the Saints (5-3, 2-2 Frontier Conference) withstood a late charge from the Lights (0-2) to win 70-66 as Shamrock Campbell, Jovan Sljivancanin and Dennis Flowers III combined for 61 of the Saints' 70 points.
The Saints held a seven-point lead with 2:20 to go, but saw the Lights go on a 5-0 run as the Saints then went scoreless for about two minutes. Dennis Flowers III added a pair of free throws, but another three from Northern (1-2, 0-2) kept the game a one-possession affair.
Shamrock Campbell gave the Saints two more free throws to close out the game, Northern's desperation shots would miss. Campbell led the Saints with 21 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the field. Sljivancanin and Flowers each added 20.
The Lights were led by Mascio McCadney, who each had 27 points going 12-15 from the field. Jomel Boyd had 10 points and led the team in rebounds with five.
The Saints will face No. 14 Providence in Great Falls on Saturday and Sunday.