JACKSON, TENN. - 2001 Sunnyside High School graduate Carly Syverson played a key role yesterday in Carroll College's 72-67 victory over the University of Mobile.
The win came in an opening round game at the NAIA Division I national tournament, being staged at Oman Arena in Jackson, Tenn. Wednesday's victory propels the Carroll women's basketball team to a second round showdown at the national tourney, scheduled for tomorrow evening (Friday). The Saints' opponent will be California's Vanguard University, which entered the national tourney as the No. 2 ranked NAIA team in the country with a sparkling 30-3 record. The Carroll College women's team, now 29-6 on the season, was ranked 17th heading into the national tourney.
In knocking off the University of Mobile Wednesday morning, the Helena, Montana-based Saints had to rally from a 39-32 halftime deficit against the Alabama team. Carroll popped in 7-of-16 shots from behind the 3-point arc in the second half to fuel the come-from-behind effort.
Syverson, the Saints' starting point guard, was her club's third leading scorer yesterday. She dropped in 9 points on 3-of-5 shooting from 2-point range while going 3-for-3 from the free throw line. More importantly, Syverson had a game high six assists, most of them going to Andrea Hall, who finished with a team best 22 points. Syverson also came away with four rebounds, all on the defensive glass, and was credited with one steal in the game. She played 32 minutes of the 40-minute game.
The Sunnyside native, the daughter of Jack and Terri Syverson, began her collegiate basketball career playing for Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake. She transferred to Spokane Falls Community College for her sophomore season, and was then recruited last fall by the Carroll College head coach to play at the NAIA Division I level. Syverson averaged 9.25 points a game this season and nearly four and a half assists each contest. She also shot 42 percent from behind the 3-point line this season.