5 Frontier Conference Women named NAIA All-Americans
The NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) announced its 2022-23 Women’s Basketball All-America team earlier today. The Frontier Conference was well represented. Making the list as First Team All-Americans were UM Western’s Brynley Fitzgerald and Jamie Pickens from Carroll College.
Fitzgerald a senior from Dillon, has had an incredible career at Western. She ends her time as the second leading scorer in school history with 1797 points. This season she finished with 620 total points. She earned Frontier Conference Co-Player of the year, was named First Team All-conference, as well as WBCA All-America Honorable Mention.
Jamie Pickens a senior from Helena, was the other half of the Frontier Conference ‘Co-Player of the Year’ award. Jamie’s time at Carroll has been special, finishing her career with 1351 points, and 644 rebounds. Jamie joins a short list of Saints who have been named First Team All-Americans, scribing her name next to Hannah Dean who was given that honor in 2019. Jamie was also named Honorable Mention All-American from the WBCA. (Women’s Basketball Coaches Association)
The Frontier conference had two athletes make the cut as Third Team All-Americans. UM Western’s Jordan Sweeney, and Kloie Thatcher from Rocky Mountain College.
Sweeney, a junior from Oakley, California made an immediate impact on the Bulldogs after transferring in this season. Winning Frontier Conference Newcomer of the Year, and also First Team All-Conference honors. Jordan finished the 2022-23 campaign with 447 points for the Bulldogs.
Thatcher, a senior from Butte, MT closes out her college career at Rocky with 1502 points. She finishes her time at Rocky as the All-Time leading Scorer, and also #1 in Assists for a career. Kloie was named First Team All-Frontier Conference this year, bringing her total to 5, All-Conference honors over her career.
Wrapping up our Frontier Conference All-American list is an Honorable Mention for Montana Tech’s Tavia Rooney. Tavia wraps up her outstanding career at Montana Tech with 1,115 points. She finishes at #2 in school history for steals and rebounds. Rooney a two-time all-conference selection, including First Team All-Conference this season.
There isn’t a better conference than the Frontier Conference, and these players are a great example.