Thatcher again named Frontier Conference POW

Thatcher again named Frontier Conference POW
Rocky Mountain guard Kloie Thatcher runs the Battlin' Bears offense during a Jan. 5, 2019 game at Montana Tech. (Butte Sports file photo)

WHITEFISH — For the second time this season, Kloie Thatcher of Rocky Mountain College was named the Frontier Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.

The latest honor was awarded today to the 2018 Butte Central graduate.

The 5-foot-7 Thatcher helped No. 20 Rocky go 3-0 for the week. In a non-conference game, the Battlin’ Bears thumped Yellowstone Christian 78-31. In conference action, Rocky beat Montana Tech 62-52 and No. 13 Lewis-Clark State 71-69 in overtime.

Thatcher averaged 13 points, six rebounds, three assists, one block and 1.3 steals per game. She was 12 of 37 from the field and 12 of 15 from the free throw line. Thatcher scored the game-winning basket as time ran out in the upset win over Lewis-Clark.

Dani Urick of Montana Tech, Christine Denny of Carroll College, Paige Holmes of Montana Western, Emilee Maldonado of the University of Providence and Hailey Nicholson of MSU-Northern were also nominated.

Sljivancanin wins men’s honor

Jovan Sljivancanin of Carroll College was selected the Frontier Conference’s Men’s Basketball Player of the Week.

Sljivancanin is a 6-5 sophomore guard from Belgrade, Serbia.

Carroll went 2-0 for the week to stay unbeaten in conference play. The Saints won at MSU-Northern 69-58 and at home, upset No. 7 University of Providence 93-88. The loss was the first of the season for Providence.

Sljivancanin averaged 17.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and one steal per game. He was 15 of 29 from the field (52 percent).

Sindou Diallo of Montana Tech, Zaccheus Darko-Kelly of the University of Providence, Damek Mitchell of Lewis-Clark State and Sam Vining of Rocky Mountain College were also nominated.

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