CollegeFrontier Conference


No. 6 Carroll College rallies past Montana Tech, stays unbeaten

Posted at 9:26 PM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 09:24:06-05

BUTTE -- The Carroll College women's basketball team opened its Frontier Conference schedule with a comeback.

Danielle Wagner scored a game-high 18 points, Christine Denny had 15 and the No. 6 Saints rallied from an early deficit to top Montana Tech 68-57 on Thursday at the HPER Complex to remain unbeaten.

"I thought our players just stayed with it and just kept their heads up," said Carroll coach Rachelle Sayers. "I think that's what you get from an experienced group that's been there before. They knew when they needed to grind it out and make plays and then make free throws down the stretch and they did that."

Carroll (6-0 overall, 1-0 in the Frontier Conference) fell into a quick 10-0 deficit before battling back to trail 15-11 at the end of the first quarter. The Saints then headed into halftime up 32-31.

Tech took a 51-45 advantage into the fourth but was then outscored 23-6 in the final quarter.

Jamie Pickens added 9 points and 8 rebounds for the Saints. Sienna Swannack had 9.

"We weren't quite ourselves (Thursday) but I'm really proud of our effort," Sayers said. "This was a big-time gut check for our kids."

Tech (1-2, 1-2) was led by 13 points from Mollie Peoples and a near double-double from Tavia Rooney, who scored 9 points and corralled 10 rebounds.

The Orediggers and Saints will get a rematch back in Butte on Dec. 31.