by Kelsey Segren, Sports Information Assistant
SPOKANE, Wash. – Carroll College (Mont.) pulled away after halftime to defeat the Whitworth women's basketball team 98-56 in the opening night of the 2019 Whit Classic Friday evening in the Whitworth Fieldhouse.
Molly McDermott scored 15 points on 60% (6-10) shooting to lead the Fighting Saints (3-1). Three other Saints joined McDermott in double figures. Emerald Toth finished with 13 points, Sienna Swannack tallied 12 and Maddie Geritz scored 10. Danielle Wagner led the team in rebounds, totaling five.
The Saints led for nearly the entire game, taking the lead for good after a layup from Toth put them up 11-10 seven minutes in. Courtney Gray scored six of her eight points in the first quarter for the Bucs. Carroll led Whitworth 32-18 going into the second.
Whitworth cut Carroll's lead to 12 with two minutes remaining in the second, after Gray sent in a couple free throws. The Bucs scored 10 points off free throws (10-12) in the second quarter as they trailed 52-37 at the half.
The Fighting Saints dominated in the final two quarters. Carroll outscored Whitworth 25-8 in the third quarter, forcing eight Pirate turnovers. Swannack scored eight of her 12 points in the third. After a Talia Brandner three-pointer with 04:11 remaining in the contest, Carroll closed on an 8-2 run to earn the 98-56 victory.
Carroll's bench outscored Whitworth's bench 53-13.
The Fighting Saints shot 52.8% (38-72) from the floor and 33.3% (6-18) from three. The Pirates shot 38.6% (17-44) from the floor and 33.3% (4-12) from beyond the arc. Carroll forced 28 Pirate turnovers.
Whitworth will face Concordia (Tex.) tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. The Tornados fell 90-51 to Whitman in the first match of the Whit Classic. Carroll takes on Whitman tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.