UMW News BureauUniversity of Montana Western head women’s basketball coach Cara Cocchiarella announced the signing of two new players to Frontier Conference/NAIA letters of intent. Justinn Marshall, a 5’8” guard/forward from Saco, Mont. and Odessa Conley, a 5’11 forward from Florence, Mont., will join the Bulldog program next fall. By Brett Morehouse University of Montana Western head women’s basketball coach Cara Cocchiarella announced the signing of two new players to Frontier Conference/NAIA letters of intent. Justinn Marshall, a 5’8” guard/forward from Saco, Mont. and Odessa Conley, a 5’11 forward from Florence, Mont., will join the Bulldog program next fall. Marshall and Conley are transfers to Montana Western from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont. Both will have three years of eligibility remaining. “Justinn is a very strong student who has also experienced considerable success in athletics,” said Montana Western head coach Cara Cocchiarella. “She has been actively involved in her school and in her community throughout her career and we feel that she will be a good addition to Bulldog basketball both on and off the court.” Marshall graduated from Saco High School in 2010 with a 4.0 grade point average. She was an active member in band, student council, Business Professionals of America, Students Taking a New Direction, and the National Honor Society. On the basketball court, Marshall was named to the all-conference team during all four years of high school and was recognized as an all-state player during her junior and senior seasons. As a senior, she led the Saco/Whitewater Panthers to a second place finish at the Montana Class C State Tournament. In addition to basketball, Marshall competed in high school rodeo and twice qualified for the National Finals. Marshall is the daughter of Dale and Sue Marshall and plans to study health and human performance. Odessa Conley is a 2010 graduate of Florence High School. In addition to being a member of Key Club, Conley was named to the honor roll during all four years and in 2009/2010 she earned recognition as an Academic All-State athlete. Conley excelled in multiple sports during her career as a Falcon. She was recognized as an all-state track athlete in 2007, 2008 and 2010. In 2009, she was named to the all-conference first team in volleyball. On the basketball court, Conley led her team to the Montana Class B State Tournament as a junior and was named to the All-state First team as a senior. “Odessa is a great athlete who has experienced a lot of success in multiple sports throughout her career in athletics,” noted Cocchiarella. “She has a passion for competition and we are excited to work with her.” Conley is the daughter of Bill Conley and Sharon Daniels. She plans to major in social science with an emphasis on pre-law.
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