UMW News BureauFrontier Conference commissioner Kent Paulson announced the all-conference women’s basketball team, as well as individual award winners today after balloting by the league’s coaches. By Lowell Peterson [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="127" caption="Hayley Pettit."][/caption] [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="122" caption="Sammi Bignell"][/caption] [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="125" caption="Nicole Tams."][/caption] Frontier Conference commissioner Kent Paulson announced the all-conference women’s basketball team, as well as individual award winners today after balloting by the league’s coaches. Three members of the University of Montana Western Bulldogs women’s basketball team received all-conference honors. Hayley Pettit and Sammi Bignell were selected to the all-conference first team and Nicole Tams was selected to the all-conference second team. Pettit was one of the premiere rebounders in NAIA Division I basketball. She finished in the top five in three categories nationally: third in defensive rebounds per game (8.4), fourth in total rebounds per game (12.4) and fifth in total rebounds (347). In addition to her rebounding stats, Pettit led the Bulldogs in scoring with 466 points (16.6 per game), steals (43) and blocked shots (29). She made 168-351 field goal attempts (.479) and 130-174 free throw attempts (.747). Pettit led the conference in rebounding, was second in scoring and field goal percentage, sixth in blocked shots and seventh in steals and free throw percentage. Pettit also had a conference best 17 double-doubles (scoring and rebounding) this season, which tied her for seventh best in the NAIA. Bignell was second on the team in scoring with 388 points (13.9 per game) and made 30-96 three-point attempts (.313) and 150-351 field goal attempts (.427). The .427 field goal percentage ranked 46th in NAIA Division I. Bignell was also fourth in the conference in scoring and field goal percentage. Tams finished her final season at Montana Western with 275 points (10.2 ppg), 85 rebounds, 37 assists, and 41 steals (eighth in the conference). She made 96-212 field goal attempts (.453), 19-60 three-point attempts (.317) and 64-84 free throw attempts (.762). Tams just missed reaching the 1,000-point career scoring mark, finishing with 994.
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