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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