Rocky's Markaela Francis

Markaela Francis had a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds to help No. 18 Rocky Mountain defeat No. 10 Carroll College, 58-50 Saturday in Helena.

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HELENA — Four starters scored in double figures as No. 18 Rocky Mountain College defeated No. 10 Carroll 58-50 Saturday in Frontier Conference women's basketball.

It is the Battlin' Bears first win at Carroll since Feb. 3, 2012. It is also the first time since Rocky swept a weekend road trip since that season.

The Battlin' Bears (17-3, 7-3), who share first place in the league standings, return to the Fortin Center for a four-game homestand starting with Montana State-Northern on Thursday. Rocky hosts Providence on Saturday. Both games will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Markaela Francis led the Battlin' Bears with a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds, both game-highs. Alecia Chamberlin had 14 points, Hailee Farstveet 13 and Brooke Jones 10. Only five Rocky players scored, with Justyn Juhl adding five points.

"Markaela had a real nice game," said Rocky coach Wes Keller. "I thought we defended well and executed down the stretch."

Trailing 27-24 at halftime, the Battlin' Bears used a 12-2 run in the third quarter to take the lead for good. They outscored the Saints 34-23 in the second half.

Carroll pulled within 52-50 in the fourth quarter, but Francis made four free throws in the final 56 seconds and Farstveet added two more.

The Rocky defense limited Carroll to 34 percent shooting from the field, including 6 of 25 from 3-point range.

Hannah Dean had eight points and 10 rebounds for the Saints, while Jaidyn Lyman had nine points.

Carroll 90, Rocky men 63

HELENA — Carroll College shot 63 percent from the field, racing past Rocky Mountain College 90-63 Saturday night in Frontier Conference men's basketball.

The No. 10-ranked Saints led 48-19 by halftime.

Chad Kananen led the Battlin' Bears with 12 points, while Jared Samuelson had 11. Kananen had four 3-pointers.

Rocky shot 30 percent from the field in the first half. The Battlin' Bears has 18 turnovers, 13 in the first half.

"We turned the ball over too many times," said Rocky coach Bill Dreikosen. "And we didn't have a good mental effort on defense. They pounced on us early and never let us back in it."

Matt Wyman led Carroll with 18 points, while Ryan Imhoff had 16 and Match Burnham 13.  

Rocky returns to the Fortin Center this week for games against Montana State-Northern (Thursday) and Providence (Saturday).

SPU 66, MSUB women 50

Seattle Pacific used a huge third quarter to rally past Montana State Billings 66-50 Saturday night in GNAC women's basketball at Alterowitz Gymnasium.

The Yellowjackets (15-7, 8-4) had their four-game winning streak stopped. MSUB plays at No. 9-ranked Alaska Anchorage on Thursday and the University of Alaska in Fairbanks on Saturday.

The Falcons, who trailed by eight at halftime, scored the first nine points of the third quarter and outscored MSUB 28-5 in the 10 minutes. The Yellowjackets managed just one 3-pointer and two free throws.

Alisha Breen and Rylee Kane each had 13 points for MSUB.   

The Yelliowjackets shot 16.7 percent (5 of 30) from the field in the second half and were just 1 for 10 from 3-point range.

Courtney Hollander led SPU with 18 points, while Erica Pagano had 15 and Jordan McPhee 11.

MSU men 69, SUU 66

BOZEMAN — Tyler Hall scored a game-high 23 points, including four free throws in the final 75 seconds of the game to help Montana State hold off Southern Utah 69-66 Saturday afternoon in Big Sky Conference men's basketball.

The Bobcats (12-10, 5-4) trailed 40-37 at halftime.

Hall, limited to seven points in Thursday's loss to Northern Arizona, finished 6 of 14 from the field, including three 3-pointers. He also made all eight free throw attempts.

Devonte Klines added 12 points for MSU, while Konner Frey had 11. The Bobcats shot just 29 percent from the field in the second half but made 13 of 17 free throws in the final 20 minutes.

MSU was 17 of 25 from the free throw line for the game while Southern Utah was just 3 of 6.

Jamal Aytes led the Thunderbirds (8-12, 2-7) with 22 points.

MSU women 53, SUU 57

CEDAR CITY, Utah — Delany Junkermier had her first double-double of the season and Hannah Caudill moved up the career assists list in Montana State's 63-57 win over Southern Utah Saturday in Big Sky Conference women's basketball.

Junkermier finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Madeline Smith of the Bobcats led all scorers with 16 points.

Caudill came close to a double-double with 13 points and nine assists. She climbed to No. 2 all-time for assists (442) and needs just two more to pass Vicki Heebner-Carle (1980-84) as the all-time leader. Heebner-Carle has 443.

Ashley Larsen paced the Thunderbirds (3-17, 2-7)  with 13 points. Southern Utah was limited to 23 percent shooting in the second half.

UM women 69, NAU 52

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Montana doubled up Northern Arizona for points in the paint in the Lady Griz' 69-52 win Saturday in Big Sky Conference women's basketball.

Taylor Goligoski led UM with 13 points, while Jace Henderson had 11. Madi Schoening and Caitlin Lonergan each had 10.

UM's bench outscored NAU's 20-5. The Lady Griz broke the game open with a 23-5 third quarter.

Kenna McDavis led NAU (4-16, 1-8) with a game-high 18 points. 

Wyoming men 90, SJU 86 OT

SAN JOSE, Calif. —Justin James tossed in 33 points as Wyoming defeated San Jose State 90-86 in overtime in Mountain West men's basketball on Saturday.

James finished 11 of 20 from the field and made 9 of 12 free throws for the Cowboys (14-7, 5-3). Louis Adams added 13 points, while Alexander Aka Gorski had 11.

Ryan Welage had a game-high 37 for the Spartans (3-7, 0-9), including 11 of 12 from the free throw line.

Wyoming women 58, SJS 46

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Missoula native Liv Roberts scored a game-high 20 points as Wyoming defeated San Jose State 58-46 Saturday in Mountain West women's basketball.

Roberts, a graduate of Missoula Sentinel, finished 7 of 14 from the field, including four 3-pointers for the Cowgirls (14-5, 7-1). 

Bailee Cotton added 16 points for Wyoming.

Montana 82, Northern Arizona 64

MISSOULA — Michael Oguine made a career-best seven 3-pointers and finished with 23 points to help Montana beat Northern Arizona 82-64 on Saturday night to remain undefeated atop the Big Sky Conference.

Montana (16-5, 9-0) has won nine straight and 11 of its last 12 games, and has matched last season's win total with nine regular-season games remaining. The nine-game win streak is the longest in coach Travis DeCuire's four seasons with the Grizzlies.

Oguine, a junior guard, was 8-of-15 shooting and surpassed 1,000 career points. He entered averaging 15.6 points and hadn't made more than four 3s in a game.

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