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HELENA, Mont. – Carroll College senior women’s basketball player Jordan Johnston has been named a 2014 Montana Athletes in Service Award recipient by the Montana Campus Compact.

The Helena native is one of ten student–athletes from colleges and universities around the state of Montana to receive the honor.

The award is for student athletes that impact their community through civic engagement.

Johnston, a health science major, is a kid’s college volunteer at Four Georgians Elementary School in Helena. She also participates in many team driven service activities.

"I am very happy for and proud of Jordan. This award is well deserved,” Carroll head Women’s basketball coach Rachelle Sayers said. “She has always gone above and beyond what is expected; not only on the court and in the classroom, but in the community especially. She takes great pride in representing her team, school and community to the best of her ability."

The ten award recipients will be honored at the Montana-Montana State football games Saturday in Missoula. Johnston will not be able to attend the game as the Saints host Dickinson State at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the PE Center in Helena.

By Kyle Sample, Helena IR

Without the services of one of her two seniors, guard Kalee Junkermier, Carroll College women's basketball coach Rachelle Sayers said she was a nervous for Sunday’s game with Corban (Oregon) as she ever remembers being for a game.

Defensively, Corban presses and traps and changes its strategy about as often as it can. Knowing the Warriors would apply plenty of pressure throughout the game, Sayers’ nerves were understandable. But with 8 minutes, 14 seconds remaining and a 16-point lead, it appeared Sayers could finally take a seat on the bench and relax. It seemed the Saints were well on their way to their third victory of the season.

Funny how quickly things change.

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By Kyle Sample, Helena IR

At Monday’s weekly media lunch, Carroll women’s basketball coach Rachelle Sayers admitted she was eager for her team get back to NAIA play. Carroll hosts three NAIA Division II teams beginning with Dakota Wesleyan at 7 p.m. Friday.

Since a 65-53 loss to Montana State Billings at the PE Center on Oct. 28, the Saints embarked on a three-game road trip that brought them to the arenas of teams from each of the NCAA’s three divisions.

Carroll dropped a 10-point game at Montana State, despite trailing by two at halftime. Nine days later, the Saints lost 66-58 at Division II Saint Martin’s before routing Division III Willamette 79-57 on Sunday.

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SALEM, Ore. – Carroll College jumped out to a 14-2 lead en route to a 79-57 victory over Willamette University Saturday evening in the Bruce Henderson Memorial game. The game was a regular-season game for the Saints but an exhibition game for the Bearcats.

Bailey Snelling led the Saints with 20 points, including 12 points in the first half. Jordan Johnston added 18 points for the Saints and Kalee Junkermeier scored 13.

“Bailey Snelling was back to being Bailey Snelling,” head coach Rachelle Sayers said. “She shot very well and did some great things with the ball.”

The Saints were 27-48 from the field (56.3 percent) including 15-22 in the second half.

They also outrebounded the Bearcats 36-18.

“I am excited to get this win, especially on the road,” Sayers said. “We’ve been everyone’s first game and that has made things hard. We’ve had to adjust on the fly and tonight I think we did a great job for a young team.”

Carroll is now 2-2 on the season and the win was the first after two hard fought losses to two NCAA D-II teams (MSU Billings and Saint Martin’s) and a close exhibition loss to Montana State.

“They were ready for a win,” Sayers said of her team. “We had some chances in the last few games but we left a few plays out there that we could have given us a chance. They were excited to get this win and head home to play NAIA teams.”

The Saints host three straight games starting with Dakota Wesleyan Friday at 7 p.m.

Tonight’s game held special meaning for Sayers. The game was held in honor of former Willamette Coach and player Bruce Henderson, who died after he collapsed at Bearcat Practice in 2008. Willamette dedicated a team room in his honor.

Henderson helped lead the Bearcats to the 1992-93 national championship as a player.

Henderson was a friend of Sayers and a counterpart at Portland State and Oregon State before he took the helm for his alma mater.

“We were asked to play in this memorial game in honor of a great friend,” Sayers said.  “It meant a lot to be here and I was happy for our team . We have worked really hard and they deserved to get a win.”

LACEY, Wash. – Three games in a row against a NCAA D-II or D-I opponent and each game followed the same script. In each of the games it didn’t end well for Carroll College women’s basketball team as they fell on the road to the Saint Martin’s (Wash.) 58-66  Thursday.

The Saints built a 19-13 lead with 10:54 left in the first half on 3-pointer by Mika Robinson and held on an advantage for most of the half before Saint Martin’s tied the game at 33-33 with just over minute left. That score would hold to the half.

Saint Martin’s took a five-point lead with 16:44 left in the game before the Saints battled back to tie the game at 41 with 14:17 left.

Again Saint Martin’s took the lead but the Carroll wouldn’t be able to answer. SMU built a lead to nine points with 4:10 remaining. Carroll cut it to six with 32 second remaining but wouldn’t get any closer as Saint AMrtin’s score with three-seconds remaining to earn the 66-58 win.

“We played really hard against a really good team,” head coach Rachelle Sayers said. “They returned four starters from an 18-10 team a year ago and I thought we competed on every possession.”

Bailey Snelling led the Saints with 17 points and Cassidy Hashley tallied 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

“I am proud of our girl’s fight,” Sayers aid. “We are competing against very good teams and we are getting better. We will be where we need to be when it really counts.”

The Saints re now 1-2 on the season and travel to play Willamette at 7 p.m. MST Saturday.


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