University of Montana Western's junior forward Brynley Fitzgerald has been selected to the 2020-21 Academic All-America® NAIA Women’s Basketball Teams recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Fitzgerald becomes the first women's basketball player to be named to the CoSIDA Academic All-American team, earning second-team honors after being named to the All-District Team earlier this month.
On the court, the Dillon, Mont. native led the Frontier Conference in total scoring (422 points) and points per game (16.88) in 2020-21. She was second in 3-point field goals made per game (2.52), third in steals per game (2.04), and fourth in total rebounds (143). Earning First-Team All-Conference and Third-Team All-American honors. Fitzgerald scored a career-high 37 points in a game vs. Carroll in January which was the most points scored in a single game by anyone in the conference this season. She shot 43.8 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from the 3-point range. She averaged 5.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.9 assists per game.
In the classroom, Fitzgerald boasts a perfect 4.0 GPA and was named to the Frontier Academic All-Conference Team. In Addition to her CoSIDA Academic Awards, she has also been nominated for the NAIA DaktronicsScholar-Athlete award to be announced later this summer.
Fitzgerald joins former Bulldog cross country athlete Mindy Kaufman as the only Montana Western student-athletes to be named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.