Frontier Announces Women's Basketball All-Conference
Frontier Conference commissioner Kent Paulson announced the all-conference and individual awards for women’s basketball today. Three Montana Tech players were selected. Kelsey DeWit was selected first team all-conference. Bryn Hasquet and Mandy Machinal were elected to second team all-conference.
"I am so proud to have three players on the first and second all-conference teams," said head coach Kerie DePell.
DeWit, a 6-2 sophomore from Columbia Falls, is making her second appearance on the all-conference squads. She was named to the second team last season.
"Kelsey DeWit has become a premier low post threat in the conference and she will only get better and better the next two years," said DePell. "She has a ton of talent and scoring ability in addition to being a good shot blocker."
This past year, DeWit averaged 10.29 points per game and led the Lady Diggers in rebounds (6.79) and blocks (1.75). She ranked second in the conference in blocks per game and 16th in NAIA Division I. DeWit’s game high of nine blocks against the University of Great Falls on February 10th was the most in a game by any player this season.
"She is capable of controlling the game on both ends and I couldn’t be happier for her to be recognized in this way from the Frontier Conference."
Sophomore Bryn Hasquet averaged 9.59 points per game this past season. The 6-0 guard from Missoula was second on the team in rebounds (5.89) and third in scoring.
"Bryn has come a long way from who she was as a player in her freshman season," noted DePell. "She has worked extremely hard to go from being strictly a catch and shoot player to a well-rounded player who can shoot, drive and pull up in the key."
Hasquet hit 44.2-percent of her shots from the field and averaged 1.15 assists and 1.41 steals a game.
"She also turned into our best perimeter defender guarding the opposing team’s best player night after night while averaging 37 minutes a game and being relied upon to score on offense," added DePell. "It was a lot to ask for from a sophomore and she answered the call."
In her first year with the Lady Diggers, freshman guard Mandy Machinal led the team in scoring averaging 13.0 points per game on 37.6-percent shooting.
"Mandy is an explosive scorer and she certainly deserves recognition as one of the best players in our conference," said DePell. "She scored 37 points in one game, showing us a glimpse of what she can become in the future. With more experience and familiarity with our program, she is going to be a nightmare to guard the next three seasons."
Machinal’s game high 37 points against UM-Western on January 21st was the most by any player this season and the most ever by a women’s basketball player at Montana Tech.
"She can shoot the three, drive the basket and use a pull up jumper. I’m proud of the way she performed this season as a freshman. New to college basketball and college academics, she really impressed me and a whole lot of other people as well."
She averaged 3.22 rebounds and 1.89 assists per game. The Richland, Washington native ranked sixth in the conference in scoring and fifth in three-point field goals made per game with 1.74.
"I’m excited for the future of Digger basketball, to have a freshman and two sophomores on the all-conference teams is an amazing feat. I’m proud of these players and the rest of the team that has put in a lot of hard work and is dedicated to making this program better. It’s wonderful that we have these great players coming back to compete for Montana Tech and take us to a higher level than we’ve ever been to."