UGF Men, Women Defeat Carroll - News, Sports and Weather

UGF Men, Women Defeat Carroll

Posted: Updated:


The University of Great Falls men's basketball team came from behind to defeat Carroll College 70-61 in Frontier Conference action Saturday.

UGF improved to 3-1 in conference play at 14-4 overall. Carroll slipped to 2-2 and 13-5.

The Saints led by as many as three in the second half, but the Argos used a 7-0 run – capped by a Marcus Hurn 3-pointer – to take a 57-51 lead with 4:30 to play.

Carroll again closed to within 62-59 with 1:06 to go, but the Argos used an emphatic dunk from Hurn and six made free throws to hold on for the victory.

TJ Harris led all scorers with 24 points and Marcus Hurn added 19. Sergio Berkley added 10 for UGF.


Lindsey Abramson couldn't stay quiet forever.

Held scoreless in the first half, the senior All-American scored 11 second-half points and collected eight rebounds as the University of Great Falls women's basketball team upset No. 19 Carroll College 73-68 here Saturday in Frontier Conference action.

“It kind of got personal with me,” said Abramson, who led a 46-28 rebounding advantage for the Lady Argos.

“I've been struggling the last three games or so,” she added. “I thought, ‘I'm not going to get anything if I don't want to. So I might as well get what I could.”

It was a watershed victory for the Lady Argos (3-1 Frontier, 16-3 overall) as they finally defeated a ranked team after near-misses against Westmont and Lewis-Clark State.

Carroll (2-2, 11-5) has lost two straight.

“It's a big weekend – not just for our team – but for our school,” UGF coach Bill Himmelberg said. “Just from where we've come from and knowing where we want to be – it couldn't be any bigger for us.”

Freshman Stephanie McDonagh led the Lady Argos with 17 points to go along with eight rebounds. Nneka Nnadi scored 14, and Darah Huertas-Vining added 11.

The difference on the boards was by design as the Lady Argos prepared with the assumption that Carroll would attempt to take away Huertas-Vining and leading scorer Erin Legel – who scored seven points.

“We worked on offensive rebounds all week long, and we decided to crash the boards,” Himmelberg said. “That was part of our game plan and I thought the girls executed it to a ‘T.'”

The Lady Argos led by as many as 13 in the second half, but three consecutive 3-pointers, a three-point play and a layup for Carroll cut UGF's lead to 53-52 with 5:40 to go.

That was as close as the Saints got, as UGF closed the game from the free throw line. Legel and McDonagh were each 5 of 6 from the line.

“We know (McDonagh) is clutch,” Himmelberg said. “We know it was just a matter of time before she got it going tonight. We told her to just keep taking it to the basket.”

Huertas-Vining connected for back-to-back 3-pointers to give UGF its first lead at 17-13. The Saints responded with a 10-0 run to reclaim the lead, but McDonagh's 3-pointer with 15 seconds to go in the half gave the Lady Argos a 32-29 lead at the intermission.

The Lady Argos extended their lead early in the second half with a 9-0 run – capped by a Huertas-Vining 3-pointer – to push the lead to 45-34 with 13:39 to go.

The Argos return to the McLaughlin Center next weekend with games against Westminster and Montana Western. Both games begin at 5:30 p.m.

Powered by Frankly
Copyright - All content © 2001 - 2018. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.