The Casper College women’s basketball team saw its season come to an end Saturday with a 65-60 loss to Western Nebraska Community College in the Region IX championship game in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
The Thunderbirds (27-7) hit back-to-back 3-pointers and trailed 62-60 with 51.6 seconds remaining, but the Cougars (29-3) made enough free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win.
The game was tied 28-all at the half, but Western Nebraska outscored Casper College 18-11 in the third quarter to create some distance.
Sophomore Lucie Hoskova had 29 points and 13 rebounds to lead the T-Birds while sophomore Nerea Baena also finished with a double-double with 15 points and 17 rebounds. Maggie Justinak added nine points.
Both teams struggled offensively, with Casper College shooting 33.8 percent (22 of 65) from the floor and Western Nebraska 30.1 percent (22 of 73).
The T-Birds were the defending Region IX champs, beating the Cougars for last year’s title in Casper.