Providence players sweep Frontier awards

Providence players sweep Frontier awards

WHITEFISH — Parker Esary and Zaccheus Darko-Kelly of the University of Providence were named Frontier Conference Players of the Week, the league announced Monday.

Esary took home the women’s award, while Darko-Kelly received the men’s honor. The awards came after the first week of the season for the Argonauts.

Esary, a 6-foot-1 senior center from Kalama, Washington, led the Argos in a splits with Montana Tech and No. 6 Carroll College. Providence beat Tech 85-81 and fell 65-62 to the Orediggers in Butte.

At home, Providence split with the Saints, falling 71-63 and winning 83-80 in overtime.

Over the four games, Esary averaged 19.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, two assists and 1.3 steals. She was 32 of 45 from the field (71 percent) and 13 of 18 from the free throw line. In the upset win over Carroll, Esary scored a career high 28-points. Against Montana Tech, she recorded double-doubles in points and rebounds in both games.

Dani Urick of Montana Tech was also nominated along with Christine Denny of Carroll College and Brynley Fitzgerald of Montana Western..

Darko-Kelly, a 6-foot-6 senior guard from Great Falls, led the Argos to four wins in seven days. Providence went to Butte and beat Tech 86-83 and 94-89. In Great Falls, the Argos swept Carroll 84-75 and 73-64.

For the week, Darko-Kelly averaged 16.8 points, 11.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 2.8 blocks and 1.8 steals. He was 23 of 45 from field including 5 of 13 3-point and a perfect 16 of 16 from the free throw line. He recorded double-doubles in points and rebounds in both wins over Montana Tech.

Sindou Diallo of Montana Tech, Jalen Hodges of Montana Western and Jovan Sljivancanin of Carroll College were also nominated.

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