Tech’s Rooney receives Frontier honor again

Tech’s Rooney receives Frontier honor again
Oredigger freshman Tavia Rooney knocks down a shot over Calgary's Erin McIntosh in this Oct. 19 Butte Sports photo.

WHITEFISH — For the second time this season, Montana Tech true freshman Tavia Rooney was named the Frontier Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.

The latest honor was announced Monday.

Rooney, a 5-foot-11 Townsend native, helped Montana Tech go 2-1 at the Phoenix Frontier Classic. The Orediggers beat San Diego Christian 72-45 and Northern New Mexico 77-36. Tech fell 87-72 to No. 16 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 87-72.

Rooney averaged 15.7 points, 13.7 rebounds, two steals and one assist per game. She was 19 of 26 (73 percent) from the field and 8 of 8 from the free throw line.

Parker Esary of the University of Providence, Markaela Francis of Rocky Mountain College, Abbie Johnson of Lewis-Clark State, Peyton Kehr of MSU-Northern, Gracey Meyer of Montana Western and Danielle Wagner of Carroll College were also nominated for the award.

Men’s award: Zaccheus Darko-Kelly, University of Providence

Darko-Kelly,  a 6-6 junior forward from Great Falls, helped No. 7 Providence win two games at the Cactus Classic in Gilbert, Arizona.

The Argos beat Park University-Gilbert (Arizona) 92-67 and Benedictine-Mesa (Arizona) 96-74.

Darko-Kelly averaged 26.5 points, six rebounds, 6.5 assists and 4.5 steals. He was 22 of 31 from the field (71 percent), 7 of 13 3-point field goals and 2 of 3 for free throws.

Cedric Boone of Montana Western, Jovan Sljivancanin of Carroll College and Grant Wallace of Rocky Mountain College were also nominated.

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