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2020 Frontier Preview: Some of the NAIA's best women's teams reside in the Frontier


January 3, 2020

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Montana State University-Northern's Sydney Hovde, left, battles for a shot over Rocky Mountain College's Markaela Francis during a Frontier Conference women's game last month in Havre. The Skylights and Battlin' Bears are two of five teams in the Frontier ranked in the NAIA Top 25 as conference play resumes next week. Northern is the highest-ranked Frontier squad at No. 1, and the Skylights are already the last unbeaten team in league play.

For the last several years, it would be hard to argue that the Frontier Conference hasn't been the absolute toughest conference in all of NAIA women's basketball, culminating with Montana Western's 2019 NAIA national championship last March in Billings.

And through the first three months of NAIA basketball this season, it would be hard to argue that anything has changed. In other words, the Frontier is still really good.

Yet there have been some surprises, and that's going to make the next two months very intriguing. The teams picked to finish sixth and seventh this season, the MSU-Northe...

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