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Frankie-Bignel-2lUniversity of Montana Western head women's basketball coach Lindsay Woolley announced his first signee for the 2014-15 season, Frankie Bignell, who signed a Frontier Conference NAIA Letter of Intent.

"The first thing that jumped out to me about Frankie was her competitiveness," says Woolley. "She plays hard on both ends of the floor. The other thing I like about her is that she is willing and eager to undergo a position change so she can play at the next level. We are excited to see what kind of player she will become during her time in our program."

Bignell, a 5' 9" forward, is from Hall, Mont., and is finishing her high school career for Drummond High School.  She has been a three-time basketball All Conference performer and was selected to the All-State team as junior. She was also selected to the All Class Western All Star basketball game following her junior year. 

Bignell also competed in volleyball and track for Drummond High School. She is the all time leader in blocks and kills for the Trojans. She was a state qualifier in track for the 2012 and 2013 seasons and was the Field MVP following each of the past two seasons.

Off the court Bignell was voted as an Academic All-State honoree in 2013.

"The thing that makes Frankie special is her dedication to the game and her competitive drive. She is willing to put in the time necessary to get better and she will do whatever it takes to help her team be successful," high school basketball coach Mike Bradshaw said of his senior.

Bignell is the daughter of Joe and Patti Bignell and plans to study business management at Montana Western.