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Casper College women's basketball advances to Region IX title game
CASPER COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Casper College women's basketball advances to Region IX title game

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For the third consecutive year, the Casper College women's basketball team will play for the Region IX championship. And for the third year in a row the T-Birds will take on Western Nebraska Community College in the title game

The 15th-ranked T-Birds (28-3) advanced with a 74-65 victory over Otero Junior College late Friday at Swede Erickson Thunderbird Gym. The No. 2 Cougars (28-1) took down No. 21 Gillette College 77-63.

The Region IX championship game tips off at 6 p.m. Saturday at The Swede.

Freshman guard Natalia Otkhmezuri was 6 of 10 from behind the arc and finished with a game-high 25 points while Ashley Tehau added 15 points and made 3 of 7 3-pointers. Marija Bakic and Raquel Ferrer-Bernad combined for 17 points and were 5 of 10 from distance. As a team, the T-Birds shot 47.1 percent (16 of 34) from behind the arc.

Western Nebraska defeated Casper 78-70 back on Dec. 10 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

The T-Birds defeated the Cougars two years ago in Casper to win the Region IX championship while the Cougars returned the favor last year on their home court.

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Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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