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Providence, Carroll lead Frontier Conference in NAIA all-American women's basketball picks

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Posted at 5:35 PM, Mar 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-25 20:10:49-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — Two University of Providence women's basketball players made program history on Thursday after the NAIA announced its women's basketball all-American selections for the 2020-2021 season, while Carroll College had three players selected and Montana Western added one.

UP guard Emilee Maldonado was named to the first team, while her Argo teammate Parker Esary was selected to the third team. Carroll's Dani Wagner was named to the second team and Western's Brynley Fitzgerald was selected to the third team. Carroll's Christine Denny and Jamie Pickens were honorable mentions. Kiara Burlage, a Columbia Falls native playing at Lewis-Clark State, was also an honorable mention selection.

Maldonado is the first Argo women's basketball player to ever receive first-team all-American honors. The senior guard, who also won the Frontier Conference player of the year award, averaged 16.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals a game. She shot 46.1% from the floor, 50.0% from the 3-point line and 91.3% from the free throw line. She finished the season ranked third in the nation in free throw percentage and fourth in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage.

It was Esary's fourth overall all-American selection, which no Argo had accomplished before. Esary was an honorable mention her freshman and sophomore seasons, before being a second-team selection in 2020. Esary averaged 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.5 blocks per game. Her 61.5% field goal percentage was second-best in the nation.

Wagner, a Havre native, steered the Saints to a 21-3 record and a Frontier Conference championship this season. She averaged 13.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

UMW's Fitzgerald, a junior from Dillon, led the Bulldogs with an average of 16.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.

Carroll's Denny followed Wagner with 12.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Pickens, a sophomore from Helena, averaged 13.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game for the Saints.

The full list of 2020-2021 NAIA women's basketball all-Americans can be found below.

FIRST TEAM

NameSchoolPositionClass
Brandie SnowShawnee State (Ohio)GJr.
Brittany RobertsMcPherson (Kan.)FSr.
Emilee MaldonadoProvidence (Mont.)GSr.
Imani GuyMarian (Ind.)FSr.
Jessi GilesDakota State (S.D.)GJr.
Kaylee EdgemonWayland Baptist (Texas)FSr.
Reagan TurnerLindsey Wilson (Ky.)GSr.
Samantha RogersCampbellsville (Ky.)GSr.
Savannah GregoryCampbellsville (Ky.)GSr.
Sierra MitchellMorningside (Iowa)GSr.
Stephanie BerberabeWestmont (Calif.)GJr.
Zoie BarthThomas More (Ky.)GSo.

SECOND TEAM

NameSchoolPositionClass
Anne SecrestIndiana WesleyanFSr.
Ashtyn VeerbeekDordt (Iowa)FJr.
Dani WagnerCarroll (Mont.)GSr.
Ella CollierMarian (Ind.)GFr.
Gabby KreykesTrinity Christian (Ill.)GSr.
Gabriela RosasVanguard (Calif.)GJr.
Gabrielle OzoudeSoutheastern (Fla.)FFifth Year
Iyree JarrettWestmont (Calif.)GJr.
Mackenzie LoeMidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)CSr.
Peyton BanksSiena Heights (Mich.)FJr.
Shannon PisneyGrand View (Iowa)GJr.
Zaria DorseyScience & Arts (Okla.)FJr.

THIRD TEAM

NameSchoolPositionClass
Abby SchmidtBethel (Kan.)CSr.
Andriana AcostaSt. Francis (Ill.)FSr.
Brynley FitzgeraldMontana WesternFJr.
Claire AustinSaint Xavier (Ill.)FJr.
Jade GironLyon (Ark.)GSr.
Jordan WersingerCollege of the Ozarks (Mo.)GJr.
Kylah ComleySterling (Kan.)GSr.
Lauren JamesTaylor (Ind.)PGJr.
Makenna HaaseClarke (Iowa)CSr.
Parker EsaryProvidence (Mont.)CSr.
Taylor GregoryMount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio)FSr.
Tyeisha JuhanTalladega (Ala.)GSr.

HONORABLE MENTION

NameSchoolPositionClass
Abbie JohnsonLewis-Clark State (Idaho)FSr.
Alyssa LeMayFreed-Hardeman (Tenn.)FJr.
Annie NoahCollege of the Ozarks (Mo.)CJr.
Ashlyn AdkinsFaulkner (Ala.)GSr.
Bailey BangertSterling (Kan.)PGJr.
Bree GloverLindsey Wilson (Ky.)FSr.
Brittney JusticeWVU Tech (W.Va.)GSr.
Brooke HammondsUnion (Ky.)FSr.
Christine DennyCarroll (Mont.)GSr.
Delaney BollesRochester (Mich.)FSr.
Elexis MartinezBellevue (Neb.)FSr.
Erika FoyIndiana TechFSo.
Fu'tra BanksLSU Shreveport (La.)FSr.
Grace BeyerHealth Sciences & Pharmacy (Mo.)PGSo.
Gracee DishmanBryan (Tenn.)GFr.
Haley HowarthSoutheastern (Fla.)GSo.
Hannah DeMarsJamestown (N.D.)GSo.
Jamie PickensCarroll (Mont.)CSo.
Jordan PyleSt. Francis (Ill.)FJr.
Jordan ZrustMayville State (N.D.)GSo.
Kelsey ThaxtonLSU Alexandria (La.)GJr.
Kendall FisherLawrence Tech (Mich.)PGJr.
Kennedy JohnsonOlivet Nazarene (Ill.)GJr.
Kiara BurlageLewis-Clark State (Idaho)FSr.
Kyra WhitakerIndiana TechGJr.
Lakayla MooreWilliam Penn (Iowa)GJr.
Lauren TsuneishiWestmont (Calif.)GSr.
Leianya MassenatCentral Methodist (Mo.)GFr.
Lexi HernandezMid-America Christian (Okla.)GSr.
Mallory ShetleyColumbia (Mo.)FFr.
Marissa BradyAquinas (Mich.)CJr.
Michaella EladVanguard (Calif.)FSr.
Miranda ZaragosaWilliam Jessup (Calif.)CSr.
Rachel GillumOhio ChristianFSo.
Sam VaughnHuntington (Ind.)GSr.
Savanna CrockettBenedictine-Mesa (Ariz.)FJr.
Sophia PeppersMorningside (Iowa)FJr.
Sydni TearsLife (Ga.)GSr.
Taylor CockerillConcordia (Neb.)GSr.
Thamires AndradeSouthwestern Christian (Okla.)GSr.
Zoe ShieldnightTabor (Kan.)FJr.