Tech’s Mesa Williams receives Frontier honor

Tech’s Mesa Williams receives Frontier honor
Montana Tech junior Mesa Williams knocks down a jump shot Saturday night against Lewis-Clark State College at the HPER Complex. (Bill Foley photo)

WHITEFISH — For the second time this season, Montana Tech’s Mesa Williams was named the Frontier Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.

The latest honor came Monday, two days after the 5-foot-10 Oredigger junior led Montana Tech to a win over Lewis-Clark State College.

The Orediggers went 1-1 on the opening week of Frontier Conference play. Tech Fell 78-51 to No. 23 Carroll College before beating the Warriors 83-59 at home.

Williams, a native of White Sulfur Springs, averaged 19 points, 3.5 rebounds and three assists per game. She was 12 of 24 from the field (6 of 12, 3-point field goals) and 8 of 11 from free throw line. In the upset win over Lewis-Clark, Williams scored 25 points.

Kiara Burlage of Lewis-Clark State, Christine Denny of Carroll College, Markaela Francis of Rocky Mountain College, Peyton Kehr of MSU-Northern, Mesa King of Montana Western and Emilee Maldonado were also nominatd.

Men’s Player of the Week: Jovan Sljivancanin, Carroll College

Sljivancanin, a 6-5 sophomore from Belgrade, Serbia, won the award for the second straight week.

Carroll opened Frontier Conference play with two home wins. The Saints beat Montana Tech 82-78 in overtime and downed No. 14 Lewis-Clark State 78-69.

Sljivancanin had back to back double-doubles for the weekend. He averaged 23 points, 14.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists. He was 18 of 39 from the field, including 3 of 8 from 3-point range, and 7 of 7 free throws.

Sindou Diallo of Montana Tech, Hodges Bailey of Lewis-Clark State, James Jones of Montana Western, Zaccheus Darko-Kelly of the University of Providence, Clayton Ladine of Rocky Mountain College and Mascio McCadney of MSU-Northern were also nominated.

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