United Tribes women's basketball team relied on the shooting performance of All-American forward, Kierra Johnson, late in the second half to escape a win against Dakota College at Bottineau Thursday night at James Henry Gymnasium.
UTTC moved to 8-14 on the year and 2-7 in the Mon-Dak Conference, while the Ladyjacks dropped to 9-16 overall and 1-8 in conference play with their sixth-straight loss. The Thunderbirds return to action on Monday, as they travel to Williston State (4-21, 1-8 Mon-Dak). Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. at The Well Gymnasium. The Thunderbirds defeated WSC 65-61 on Nov. 2 in New Town, ND and 59-45 on Jan. 13 in Bismarck, ND.
All-American Kierra Johnson paced the Thunderbirds with 21 points and 8 rebounds on 3-3 shooting from long-range. Sophomore Karissa DuShane joined Johnson in double figures with 13 points on 6-9 shooting.
Freshman, Hannah Golus, had a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with 9 points, while sophomore guard, Jasmyne Two Moone, came away with 9 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists.
The Thunderbirds were 31-of-73 (42.5%) from the field and 6-of-18 (33.3%) from 3-point range. Dakota College at Bottineau was 24-of-72 (33.3%) from the floor and 11-of-33 (33.3%) from downtown. UTTC was 5-of-10 (50.9%) from the free throw line. DCB was 8-of-14 (57.1%) at the charity stripe. UTTC had a 15-6 advantage in bench points.