Three Montana Western women earn Scholar-Athlete status

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — The 2015 Daktronics-NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete awards were announced Monday. Three Montana Western players were recognized for their academic achievements.

To be considered for scholar-athlete honors the students must be of junior or senior standing and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Student-athletes meeting these criteria are recommended by their institution for consideration. Three Bulldog basketball players were named to the 2015 list: Jenna Banks, Taylor Kanthack and McCall Hasquet.

Banks, a Bozeman native, completed a four year career for the Bulldogs this season by earning places in the Bulldog record book in the assists, free throws, and steals categories. Banks is completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and has been accepted to attend physical therapy school this fall.

Kanthack, of Helena, played three seasons for the Bulldogs while completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in global politics with a minor in legal studies. Kanthack will graduate from Montana Western this spring and plans to attend law school.

Hasquet, a junior from Missoula, is a K-12 art education major. Hasquet has been honored for her artistic work as well as her high GPA, receiving the prestigious Mary Baker Emerick scholarship from the Montana Western Fine Arts program.

“It says a great deal about these three young ladies that they were recognized by the NAIA as scholar-athletes,” Bulldog head coach Lindsay Woolley said. “It shows they have the capabilities to excel on the floor and in the classroom, which is our ultimate goal for each of our students. Their work ethic is going to serve them extremely well in the future.”

— Montana Western Sports Information