Western’s Bri King named NAIA Player of the Year

Western’s Bri King named NAIA Player of the Year
Montana Western's Brianna King takes the ball down court as Montana Tech's Hailey Crawford defends in a Dec. 4 game at the HPER Complex. (Butte Sports file photo)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Montana Western senior Brianna King was named the named NAIA National Player of the Year today.

The honor comes two days after King led Montana Western to the school’s first women’s national basketball championship in Billings.

King, who transferred to Western from a junior college in Spokane before last season, is now a two-time first-team NAIA All-American. King averaged 22.7 points per game in the championship game season. Her 771 points on the season set Western’s single-season record.

King was joined on the first team by Carroll College senior Hannah Dean. Those are the only Frontier Conference players to make the first team.

Western head coach Lindsay Woolley was named national Coach of the Year.

Montana Tech’s Mesa Williams gets off a shot as Montana Western’s Paige Holmes defends Jan. 29 at the HPER Complex. (Butte Sports file photo)

Montana Tech sophomore Mesa Williams received an honorable mention after leading the Orediggers in scoring with 13.2 points per game. She was a second-team Frontier All-Conference selection earlier this month.

The NAIA honorable mention All-American list also includes Britt Cooper of Western, Christine Denny of Carroll and Alecia Chamberlain of Rocky Mountain College.

Click here to see all the NAIA honorees.

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