Orediggers head to Helena for Round 3 with Saints

Orediggers head to Helena for Round 3 with Saints
Montana Tech sophomore post Shay Potter goes up for a shot as Carroll College’s Christine Denney (10), Hannah Dean (24) and Michaela Dowdy (5) defend Jan. 25 at the HPER Complex. Carroll’s Bailey Pasta (1) looks on. (Bill Foley photo)

These teams have to know each other pretty well by now.

Montana Tech and Carroll College will meet on the basketball court for the third time in 27 days Wednesday.

This time the games will be played at the P.E. Center in Helena. The women tip off the doubleheader at 5:30 p.m. The men will play at 7:30, and both games will be carried live on KBOW (550 AM, 101.5 FM or online).

For the men, the game will be a rubber match. The Oredigger women, meanwhile, are trying to prevent a three-game sweep at the hands of the Saints.

Carroll’s women walked away with a 63-55 victory Jan. 11 in Butte. Two weeks later, the Sants came to town again and knocked off the Orediggers 65-49.

Hannah Dean leads the No. 13-ranked Saints. The 6-foot-1 junior post from Gardiner averages 11.4 points and a Frontier Conference-leading 7.8 rebounds per game.

Dean scored a total of 24 points to lead the Saints in the two games against the Orediggers. Bailey Pasta, Michaela Dowdy and Danielle Wagner also reached double digits in a game against Tech. Pasta, a senior point guard, did it twice, scoring 14 and 11.

The Saints (9-3, 17-6) are tied with Rocky Mountain College for first place in the Frontier Conference. They are one game ahead of red-hot Montana Western.

Carroll won home games against the University of Providence and MSU-Northern last week.

Oredigger senior Monica Landdeck is coming off Friday’s career game. She scored 31 points, but the Orediggers fell to Lewis-Clark State.

That loss was the fourth straight for the Orediggers, and all four came at home.

Sophomore Shay Potter averages a 11.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game to lead the Orediggers (3-9, 13-11).

The Oredigger men knocked off the Saints 73-70 Jan. 25 in Butte. That came after Carroll took the opener 51-46 two weeks earlier at the HPER Complex.

Senior guard Chris O’Neill scored 19 points to lead three Orediggers in double figures in that win. Iman Chatman added 12, and Jake Miles scored 11.

Miles, a sophomore guard, scored 17 points to lead the Orediggers to a 68-66 win over No. 19 Lewis-Clark Friday. He hit a late 3-poitner to lift Tech to its second upset win in eight days.

Ryan Imhoff, a 6-6 senior guard who has to be the frontrunner to win the Frontier Conference MVP award, scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the first meeting with the Orediggers.

Match Burnham, a 6-8 junior, scored 15 points to lead Carroll in the second game in Butte. Imhoff went for 13 and nine.

No. 14 Carroll (8-4, 20-4) enters the game tied for first place with Montana Western. The Bulldogs and Saints are one game ahead of Lewis-Clark State.

At 3-9 and 11-12, the Orediggers are looking to climb out the Frontier’s basement. Tech is one game behind the University of Providence with six games remaining.

The Orediggers travel to Billings to take on Rocky on Saturday.

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