Darko-Kelly, Nielson named Frontier Conference POWs

Darko-Kelly, Nielson named Frontier Conference POWs

WHITEFISH — Zaccheus Darko-Kelly of the University of Providence and Jamie Nielson of Lewis-Clark State College were named the Frontier Conference Basketball Player of the Week.

Darko-Kelly wins the men’s award for the second straight week, while Nielson takes home the women’s award.

Darko-Kelly, a 6-foot-6 junior forward from Great Falls, also won the NAIA National Player of the Week award. No. 11 University of Providence went 1-1 for the week. On the road, the Argos lost to No. 5 Lewis-Clark State 96-87 and beat Montana Tech 92-82.

For the week, Darko-Kelly averaged 36.5 points, eight rebounds, five assists, 1.5 blocks and one steal per game. He was 26 of 41 from the field (6 of 10 3-point field goals and 15 of 17 free throws. For the week, he recorded consecutive 30- point-plus games.

Taylor England of Montana Tech was also nominated for the award, along with Trystan Bradley of Lewis-Clark State, Derrek Durocher of Montana Western, Adam Huse of MSU-Northern, Grant Wallace of Rocky Mountain College and Dane Warp of Carroll College.

Nielson is a 5-10 senior from Smithfield, Utah. No. 21 Lewis-Clark went 1-1 at home for the week. The Warriors lost to (RV) University of Providence 69-47 and beat MSU-Northern 69-47.

Nielson averaged 28 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, two steals and one block per game. She was 24 of 36 (6 of 12, 3-point) from the field and 2 of 4 from the free throw line. Nielson scored a career-high 35 points against Providence.

Kaylee Zard of Montana Tech, Christine Denny of Carroll College, Markaela Francis of Rocky Mountain College, McKenzie Gunter of MSU-Northern, Emilee Maldonado of the University of Providence and Shannon Worster of Montana Western were also nominated.

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