Tech’s Rooney takes home Frontier Conference honor

WHITEFISH — Tavia Rooney’s record-breaking performance opened some eyes around the Frontier Conference.

The Montana Tech true freshman was named the Frontier Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced today.

Rooney, a 5-foot-11 Townsend native, helped extend the Orediggers winning streak to seven games over the weekend. The Orediggers defeated William Jessup (California) 60-50 and College of Idaho at the Dominos College of Idaho Shootout.

Rooney averaged 10 points, 14.5 rebounds and three steals in the two games. She set a single-game rebound record against William Jessup on Friday when she grabbed 22 rebounds. Rooney broke Wanda Sanders’ record from 1978 when she had 21 boards.

Montana Tech faces Idaho State tonight in an exhibition game. The Orediggers return to Butte Tuesday to host Yellowstone Christian College at 7 p.m.