HELENA — The Carroll College women’s basketball team received some quality contribution from its bench this past Saturday after coming away with a 77-47 win over the University of Providence at the PE Center.
While the five members of the Saints’ starting lineup have been each averaging more than 27 minutes per game, true freshman point guard Sienna Swannack has earned more playing time.
The opportunity came last month during a game against Montana Western where coach Rachelle Sayers placed her behind sophomore point guard Jaidyn Lyman with the hope of gaining more experience.
She logged 11 minutes and finished with 3 points, two rebounds and two assists.
“Sienna is just getting more aggressive and more confident every game she gets an opportunity to get in there,” Sayers said. “We have been playing her a little more at the off guard with Jaidyn. I think it helps her to get going a little bit.”
Eventually Sayers takes Lyman out and moves Swannack over to the point guard position when she can tell her freshman looks more comfortable.
Swannack logged her most minutes since Nov. 24 against Valley City State this past Saturday where she scored 6 points and grabbed five rebounds and said her confidence level is much higher than the beginning of the season.
“I’m just a freshman so I know my role on the team but playing point guard, (Coach Sayers) puts me in a position to be a leader. It helps a lot.”
Redshirt freshmen Nikki Krueger and Molly McDermott also received some playing time against the Argos.
Kreuger hit a step-back 3-pointer and finished with five points while McDermott finished 2 two points.
Western signs Helena Capital’s Sheridan
Montana Western announced the signing of Helena Capital High’s Sydney Sheridan last week.
Sheridan is averaging 12.7 points, 4.2 assists and 3.9 steals per game. Last season she was named first team All-State as a junior.
After this season the Bulldogs will graduate point guard Brianna King, who has been averaging 22.4 points per game.
Carroll basketball sweeps POTW awards
The Carroll College men’s and women’s basketball teams won both the Frontier Conference Player of the Weeks awards this week.
Senior forward Hannah Dean won the award for a third time after averaging 18 points, eight rebounds and 3.5 assists in the Saints’ two wins over Providence and Montana State-Northern.
Freshman guard Jovan Sljivancanin won his first award following an 19-point, 18-rebound game against Providence this past Saturday.