Tariq Brownotter's 3-pointer late in overtime was the difference for the United Tribes Technical College women's basketball team on Wednesday night.
Brownotter's clutch corner triple lifted the Thunderbirds to an 88-85 victory over Dakota College Bottineau. With the win, United Tribes advances to the NJCAA Division II Region XIII championship game on Sunday at Gogebic College in Ironwood, Mich.
The United Tribes and Bismarck State College men had its seasons end on Wednesday in Bismarck. The Thunderbirds were nipped by Dakota College Bottineau, 92-90. The Mystics fell to Williston State College, 81-72.
United Tribes 88, Bottineau 85
Brownotter scored 24 points for the Thunderbirds, who had to rally out of a 44-31 halftime hole.
Brownotter buried six of the Thunderbirds' 12 3-pointers in the game. The freshman from McLaughlin, S.D. poured in a game-high 24 points. She also passed out seven assists.
K'Lona Lofton came off the bench to score 21 points for United Tribes. Mia Wilkinson totaled 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
Dior Dioum's 20 points led the Lumberjacks.
DCB 92, United Tribes 90
The United Tribes men hung 54 points on the board in the first half, but Bottineau outscored the Thunderbirds 44-36 over the second 20 minutes to rally for the win.
Shayden Keplin poured in a game-leading 31 points for the Thunderbirds, who made 13 3-pointers. Double-double machine Rob McClain tallied 18 points and 11 rebounds. Sam Pendleton passed out nine assists as United Tribes ended the season with a mark of 20-11.
Tyrie Johnson (25) and Jermaine Smith (24) combined for 49 points for Bottineau.
Williston State 81, BSC 72
Williston State built a 41-28 halftime lead over Bismarck State College and went on for a 81-72 win at the Armory.
Mychael Paulo registered 24 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals and 1 block for the winning Lumberjacks, who advanced to the NJCAA Division I Region XIII tournament semifinals in Wahpeton on Saturday.
Austin Slaughter racked up another double-double for the Mystics with 19 points and 16 rebounds. Kaelen Johnson did the same with 18 points and 13 boards.
BSC, which finished with a record of 10-18, struggled from deep making just 4 of 17 from 3-point land.