HELENA – Frontier conference play starts Thursday night for the Carroll College women as the 24th-ranked Saints welcome in the No. 10 team in the nation, Montana Western.
It will be a tough game, but the Saints feel they are more than prepared for the top-25 slugfest at the PE Center after the games they have already played this season.
“I think our preseason has prepared us a lot for these games,” head coach Rachelle Sayers said. “We’ve played a lot of close games. We’ve played a lot of physical teams, a lot of fast teams. We’ve played really good teams, so I think that’s the point of your preseason, is to prepare you for this point. I think the kids are ready, they are excited to get back on the floor. They are excited to be home. We haven’t played a lot at home, so I think we’re going to have a great crowd and we’re just going to continue to work on the things we’ve been stressing all year. That’s our rebounding, that’s our toughness, not being outplayed on a play, and the kids have really taken that to heart.”
“I don’t think anyone’s going to go undefeated in conference this year, and I think we’re really looking forward to that challenge night in and night out,” said Carroll junior Hannah Dean, a Gardiner native. “There is no guaranteed wins or losses, so we need to come in with a chip on our shoulder, proving to ourselves that we do deserve to be in those rankings.”
Tickets are still available for both the men’s and women’s games Thursday at the PE Center on the campus of Carroll College.