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DILLON — The eighth-ranked Carroll College women's basketball team upset third-ranked Montana Western 55-50 on Thursday night.

Though Western claimed the regular season series 2-1, the win keeps the Saints firmly in second place in the Frontier Conference.

Carroll (17-7, 9-4) becomes just the second team this season to defeat Montana Western (20-2, 11-2).

In the previous two meets, the Saints started slow and slogged through the first half.

This time, Carroll was ready out of the gate and kept pace with Western, trailing 30-28 at halftime.

In a physical game, the Saints found a way to grab a slight edge in the second half, outscoring the Bulldogs in the third and fourth quarter to hold on for a win.

Christine Denny led the Saints with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Hannah Dean added 12 points, six rebounds and two blocks.

Brianna King led Western with 17 points on 6-for-16 shooting.

Western had a look at a game-tying 3-pointer with three seconds left, but it missed the mark.

Denny added two late free throws to give the Saints their five-point win.

The Saints out-rebounded the Bulldogs 37-35.

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