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WHITEFISH — Carroll College was picked to win the Frontier Conference title for women's basketball in the Preseason Coaches poll.

The Saints received six first-place votes from the coaches.

The Rocky Mountain College women's basketball team was picked to finish second.

The rest of the teams in order of voting are: Providence, Lewis-Clark State, Montana Western, Montana State-Northern and Montana Tech.

The Warriors also received a first-place vote. UM Western is the defending NAIA Division I national champion.

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Rocky finished 20-13 last year and ranked No. 20 in the final NAIA Top 25 poll. According to available records, it is the first time the Battlin' Bears had back-to-back 20-win seasons in program history.

Senior Markaela Francis of the Battlin' Bears was chosen for the preseason all-conference team. She averaged 11.2 points and a team-high 5.5 rebounds a game last season.

The Battlin' Bears finished 20-13 last season and ranked No. 20 in the final NAIA Top 25 poll. According to available records, it was the first time Rocky had back-to-back 20-win seasons in program history.

Providence guard Emilee Maldonado was picked as the Frontier Conference preseason player of the year.

Other preseason all-conference picks were: Christine Denny, Carroll; Parker Esary, Providence; Dani Wagner, Carroll; Mesa William, Montana Tech.

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