The Great Plains Athletic Conference women's basketball tournament title came down to a putback attempt at the overtime horn.

But Dakota Wesleyan's last chance at the buzzer didn't fall and No. 2 Concordia held on for a 78-77 win on Tuesday at Walz Arena in Seward.

The wild final 10 seconds saw DWU miss a jumper, a three-pointer and Erica Herrold's putback attempt to give the Bulldogs a sweep of both the regular-season and tournament titles.

“No stress at all,” Bulldogs coach Drew Olson joked afterwards. “That was an amazing game. It was really fun to be part of. I think it’s something our kids will always remember.”

After Concordia's Philomena Lammers made the second of two free throws for a 78-77 lead with 34 seconds left, Herrold's three with 18 seconds left was off the mark.

But DWU grabbed three straight offensive rebounds, with two misses in between, before calling timeout with 14 seconds left.

That led to Rylie Osthus' miss and after Concordia successfully rebounded that miss, Shelby Quinn was fouled with 10 seconds left. But she missed both, setting up the wild finish.

The lead changed 13 times in the game, including five in the overtime period. Lammers made 1 of 2 free throws with 11 seconds left in regulation and DWU's three at the horn missed to force overtime.

Lammers led Concordia with 19 points, while Quinn Wragge turned in a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Mary Janovich added 10 points.

Concordia (27-2) had already clinched an automatic berth in the NAIA Division II tournament by winning the regular-season GPAC title. Dakota Wesleyan also received an automatic bid by advancing to the title game.

The NAIA Division II women's bracket will be announced at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Northwestern men top Briar Cliff

Nathan Wedel scored 23 points and added nine rebounds to lead Northwestern to a 95-89 win over Briar Cliff in the GPAC men's tournament final in Sioux City, Iowa.

Colton Kooima and Derek Buysse added 20 points each for the Red Raiders, who snapped the Chargers 12-game winning streak, and won their first GPAC tournament title since 2012.

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