WHITEFISH — University of Providence players Emilee Maldonado and Austin Starr took home the Frontier Conference Basketball Player of the Week awards, the league announced today.
Maldonado receives the women’s award, while Starr takes the men’s honor. Maldonado’s award snaps a string of six straight weeks that the honor went to Brianna King of Montana Western
Maldonado is a 5-foot-5 sophomore guard from Sunnyside, Washington. No. 22 University of Providence went 2-0 at home with upset wins over two nationally-ranked teams. The Argos beat No. 21 Rocky Mountain College 64-60 and No. 8 Carroll College 56-53.
Maldonado averaged 24.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game. She was 17 of 38 and 12 of 13 from the free throw line. Maldonado scored a career high 31 points in the win over Rocky.
King was nominated for the award along with Kaylee Zard of Montana Tech, Alecia Chamberlin of Rocky Mountain College, Hannah Dean of Carroll College, Allix Goldhahn of MSU-Northern and Peyton Souvenir of Lewis-Clark State.
Starr is a 6-7 senior guard from Las Vegas. No. 25 Providence won two conference games over the weekend. The Argos edged No. 2 Carroll College 78-77 and beat No. 22 Rocky Mountain College 86-74.
For the weekend, Starr averaged 15.5 points, five rebounds, 2.5 assists and one steal. He was 10 of 21 from the field and 7 of 8 from the free throw line.
Troy Owens Jr. of Montana Tech was nominated for the award along with Kooper Kidgell of Montana Western, Dana Abe of Lewis-Clark State, Adam Huse of MSU-Northern, Dane Warp of Carroll College and Craig Wilmore of Rocky Mountain College.