Faupel named All-American

MSU-Northern junior Natalee Faupel plays against Montana Tech Feb. 4 at the HPER Complex. (Bill Foley photo)

ATLANTA — Butte High graduate Natalee Faupel can add the title All-American to her résumé.

Faupel, a 5-foot-10 guard/forward who just completed her junior season at MSU-Northern, was named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NAIA All-American Team.

The All-American honors were released Wednesday, and Jatoria Carter of Auburn University at Montgomery, Alabama, was named the Player of the Year.

Only 10 players earned a spot on the prestigious team, and Faupel was the only Frontier Conference player to make the list. Lewis-Clark State’s Caelyn Orlandi and the University of Great Falls’ Erin Legel each received an honorable mention.

The honor comes a little more than a week after Faupel was named the Frontier Conference’s Women’s Player of the Year.

The All-American Honors were selected by a vote of the selection committee. The committee is composed of one representative from each of the nine geographical regions and a chairperson.

“The 10 members of the 2016 WBCA NAIA Coaches’ All-America Team are well deserving of this recognition, and the WBCA congratulates them for their accomplishments this season,” WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew said in a statement. “These young women have worked to elevate themselves and their teams to an elite level and through their exceptional talents on the basketball court, they have lifted the women’s game.”

Faupel was named Frontier Conference Player of the Week four times during a regular season in which she scored at least 27 points in a game five times.

She scored 504 points on the season, an average of 16.3 points per game. In her three seasons with the Skylights, Faupel, who did not redshirt, has registered 1,260 points.

Before heading to the Havre college, Faupel stared in soccer, track and basketball at Butte High school. She graduated from Butte High in 2013.

The members of the 2016 WBCA NAIA Coaches’ All-America Team are as follows:

NameInstitutionYearPos.Height
Natalee FaupelMontana State-NorthernJuniorGuard5’10”
Lindsey BurdCampbellsvilleSeniorForward5’10”
Jatoria CarterAuburn-MontgomerySeniorGuard5’2”
Taleeah CrossFreed-HardemanJuniorGuard5’6”
Whitney GathrightXavier Univ. of LouisianaSeniorGuard5’4”
Abbey HengesbachOlivet NazareneSeniorGuard5’9”
Alex KneelandMount Marty CollegeSeniorGuard5’9”
Kara KrolickiSaint XavierSophomoreGuard5’7”
Melissa NormanVanguardSeniorCenter6’2”
Daniela WallenOklahoma City UniversityJuniorForward5’11”

The following have been recognized as Coaches’ All-America Team Honorable Mentions in the NAIA division:

NameInstitutionYearPos.Height
Petrolina ChilakaColumbia College (Mo.)SeniorGuard5’8”
Kassidy De JongNorthwestern CollegeFreshmanGuard5’10”
Samantha DoucetteVanguardSeniorGuard/Forward5’11”
Jessica FosterGeorgetown CollegeSeniorGuard/Forward6’1”
Emily FoxCampbellsvilleJuniorGuard5’8”
Sydney GreinerSt. AmbroseSeniorGuard5’9”
Taylor HamiltonOur Lady of the LakeSeniorGuard5’3”
Erin LegelGreat FallsSeniorGuard5’5”
Aundrea MatchenUniv. of PikevilleSophomoreGuard5’7”
Caelyn OrlandiLewis-Clark StateJuniorGuard5’9”
Miranda PalmerHuntingtonJuniorGuard5’6”
Alyssa RamosSoutheasternJuniorGuard5’6”
Charnelle ReedSt. FrancisJuniorForward5’10”
Chanel RobertsLindsey WilsonJuniorForward5’8”
Ashley RomigOttawaJuniorCenter6’0”
Chayla RutledgeBenedictine CollegeSeniorForward5’11”
Christin StrawbridgeSoutheasternJuniorForward6’2”
Brandy UchtmanCollege of the OzarksSeniorForward6’0”
Martessia WilliamsBethel Univ. (Tenn.)SeniorGuard5’7”
Hannah WisdomCollege of the OzarksJuniorGuard5’5”


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