BUTTE — The third time proved to be the charm for the Carroll College women's basketball team.
Led by double-digit games from four players — including a handful of critical fourth-quarter shots from senior Bailey Pasta — the 24th-ranked Saints broke a late-game stalemate to pull away from Montana Tech for a 63-55 victory on Thursday at the HPER Complex.
The No. 2 Carroll College men followed that with a 56-41 win over Tech. The Saints — spurred by a 13-point night from Dane Warp and a double-double from Ryan Imhoff (12 points, 13 rebounds) led by five at the break and used a second-half push to steadily pull away from the Orediggers.
The Carroll women's win over Tech was the first in their last three contests against the Orediggers, dating back to a pair of Feb. 2017 losses, both in Butte. The first defeat came in the regular season finale and the second during the Frontier Tournament.
The Saints also extended their current win streak to six.
For Carroll coach Rachelle Sayers, earning that sixth-straight victory was great. But doing it on the road and against a team that they struggled against at the tail end of last season only sweetened the deal.
"It was huge to get this win on the road but it was even bigger to get it here," Sayers said. "We struggled so bad here last year. It was good for our confidence to know that we can come here and win."
Carroll's Michaela Dowdy and Danielle Wagner both flirted with double-doubles, with Dowdy scoring 12 points, Wagner adding 10 and both players grabbing eight rebounds. Hannah Dean notched 10 points to round out the Saints' double-digit scorers.
Tech was led by Monica Landdeck's 14 points — including four 3-pointers — and Shay Potter's double-double performance. Potter scored 13 points and hauled in 10 rebounds in less than 16 minutes of playing time.
Orediggers coach Carly Sanon felt if Potter had been allotted more time on the court, the outcome could have been different.
"If we keep (Potter) out on the court for 25 or 30 minutes, I think it's a different ball game," said Sanon.
A plethora of turnovers — 18 in all — also added to Tech's woes.
"That really hurt us, that's the most we've turned it over in a long time," said Sanon. "We got in a hurry in the fourth quarter."
The game was tied 46-46 heading into the fourth quarter. A field goal from Dowdy and a 3-pointer from Pasta gave the Saints a 51-46 advantage and the lead for good.
Carroll College's Ryan Imhoff notched a double-double as the No. 2 Saints broke away in the second half for a 56-41 win over the Orediggers.
Carroll's Dane Warp led both teams with 13 points while Tech's Trent Molesworth paced the Orediggers with 14 points.
The Saints led 25-20 after the first half and never trailed in the second.