JACKSON, TENN. - Despite a furious, late game rally spearheaded by former Sunnyside High School basketball standout Carly Syverson, the Carroll College women's hoop team got knocked out of the NAIA Division I national tourney last Friday.
Syverson, the starting point guard for the Helena, Mont. team, sank three consecutive 3-pointers with under six minutes to play to help cut Vanguard's lead to 69-61. All told, the Saints popped in eight 3-pointers in the closing minutes. Unfortunately for Syverson and her teammates, they couldn't get any closer, eventually dropping a season ending 82-71 decision to the California school.
The Carroll Saints entered the national tourney, being staged at Oman Arena in Jackson, Tenn., as the 17th ranked NAIA Division I team in the nation. Syverson and her teammates won their national tourney opener against the University of Mobile last Wednesday.
Vanguard, which was the No. 2 ranked NAIA women's team in the nation heading into tournament play last week, fell on Saturday night in the quarterfinals to Tennessee's Union University.
Syverson and her Carroll College teammates finished the 2004-05 season with a record of 29-7.
The former Sunnyside basketball star still has her senior year of eligiblity remaining. She transferred to the Montana university last fall, after playing at Big Bend Community College as a freshman and Spokane Falls Community College as a sophomore. She is one of four starters off this year's Carroll team that is expected back next season.