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Carroll Saints Earn Sweep of UGF

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No. 18 Carroll women knock off No. 20 UGF

GREAT FALLS, Mont. – The No. 20 University of Great Falls women's basketball team came into its final home weekend looking to create some distance in the standings.

Instead it was No. 18 Carroll that continued to battle its way back into conference title contention, as the Saints knocked off the Lady Argonauts 68-67 in front of several hundred fans at the McLaughlin Center Friday.

UGF (7-3 Frontier Conference, 20-5 overall) simply had no answer for Carroll's freshman post Cassidy Hashley. The 6-2 forward from Kalispell led all scorers with 23 points and added six rebounds and two blocks.

Hashley's three-point play with a minute to play gave Carroll the lead at 66-65. Lindsey Abramson briefly reclaimed the lead for UGF with 46 seconds to go, but Baylee Watson put the Saints ahead for good thanks to a layup with 29.4 seconds to go.

The Lady Argos got the ball in the hands of star guard Erin Legel in the waning seconds, but her contested runner did not fall as the Saints (7-3, 16-7) avenged a 73-68 setback to UGF Jan. 17 in Helena.

“We didn't do a very good job of finishing out,” UGF coach Bill Himmelberg said. “They were pretty physical with us tonight. We need to step up and handle that a little bit better.”

Legel finished with 17 points, and Abramson had 13 points and 15 rebounds.

“I thought we attacked the basket well,” Himmelberg said. “Things just didn't quite go our way.”

No one attacked the basket better than Nneka Nnadi, who led the Lady Argos with 18 points off the bench – including a perfect 12-for-12 at the free throw line.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for UGF. The Saints improved to 5-0 in conference road games this season.

“The Frontier is very tough right now,” Himmelberg said. “Every game every night is like this.”

The Lady Argos led by as many as five in the second half, but a pair of Watson free throws put the Saints in front at 55-54 with 6:48 to play.

Two Nnadi free throws regained the lead for UGF, and Legel added a 3-pointer following a Nnadi block to put the Lady Argos back up 59-55.

From that juncture the Saints outscored the Lady Argos 13-8 to hold on for the win.

“We did a good job defensively,” Himmelberg said. “I thought we did a good job executing our game plan and getting stops. We just didn't make a couple baskets at the end.”

The Saints jumped out to an early 8-3 lead, but the Lady Argos fought back following a timeout to lead 28-23 at the half.

Carroll stops No. 20 Argos

GREAT FALLS, Mont. – The No. 20 University of Great Falls men's basketball team never got on track Friday, as the Argonauts fell 61-57 to visiting Carroll College at the McLaughlin Center.

It's the second straight loss and the second consecutive home loss for the Argos (6-4 Frontier Conference, 17-7 overall), who have lost three of four overall.

Carroll (5-5, 16-8) has won two straight and three of its last four. The Saints also avenged a 70-61 UGF victory in Helena on Jan. 17.

“You gotta bring it night-in and night-out,” UGF coach Anthony Owens said. “I keep telling our guys that they need to bring it every night, and we didn't do that tonight.”

UGF shot just 32 percent from the field and did not make a 3-point shot.

“They took us away from what we like to do, which is push the ball,” Owens said. “They took that away from us, and when you do that it's tough for us to score sometimes.”

The Argos trailed by as many as nine at 50-41 with 5:13 to go. A 9-4 spurt cut the deficit to four at 54-50 with 1:19 to play.

But UGF couldn't get another field goal to drop until the clock expired.

Carroll freshman Oliver Carr led all scorers with 17 points and Zach Taylor added 12.

Maleek Singleton was the only UGF player in double figures as he finished with 13 points and nine rebounds off the bench. Farmer finished with nine points.

TJ Harris and Marcus Hurn, the Argos' top two scorers combined for just nine points on 2 of 13 shooting.

The Argos made just one of their first 15 shots and trailed 19-9 with five minutes to play in the opening half. A 6-0 run helped cut the deficit to 27-23 at the intermission.

UGF wraps up the home portion of its season Saturday against Rocky Mountain College. That game tips off at 7:30 at the McLaughlin Center and will be Senior Day for the Argonauts.

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