DILLON — It usually takes time to adjust to new scenery, but Montana Western guard Brianna King has seemingly transitioned from Spokane Falls to Dillon just fine this winter.
The numbers speak for themselves.
At just 5-foot-5, the point guard has carved her way through defenses and connected from long range every night she’s hit the floor. Through her first eight games, she ranks 10th in the nation in scoring at 19.6 points per game. But, if you ask her, that’s not all that she brings to the table.
“I like to think I can do a little bit of everything,” she said.
But scoring the ball is certainly what has set her apart early this season.
“She’s a natural scorer, and she’s pretty good when she gets going,” said head coach Lindsay Woolley. “When she’s feeling it and competitive, she’s hard to stop.”
She’s had a few of those nights — she has scored more than 20 points four times and more than 30 twice — including a school-record 37-point outburst against Eastern Oregon last weekend. Over her past four games, she is averaging 26 a night. Safe to say, that type of production is more than welcome to her fellow teammates.
“I was really excited to have her on our team,” said forward Britt Cooper. “She has really good handles and she can get to the rim really well, so I knew she was going to help us out a lot.”
Those handles helped Western handle Montana Tech on Tuesday, as she was able to avoid pressure and help the Bulldogs hold on to an eight-point lead late in the fourth quarter.
“It’s huge,” Woolley said of her ball-handling ability. “I think it’s going to be really hard to press us, as long as she’s engaged and we keep her fresh.”
She has helped lead the 16th-ranked Bulldogs to a 7-1 record so far this season, and that ranking is only likely to go up. If she’s still just getting started in her new home, they might make some noise in Billings at the NAIA Tournament come March.
“I think if we keep playing how we are and just keep playing defense and locking down, then we can go pretty far,” King said.
The Bulldogs are back in action against Lewis and Clark State on Thursday night.