United Tribes Technical College sophomore guard Tariq Brownotter is having another terrific year, but she was a hidden gem in recruiting that turned out to be priceless.
When Tariq Brownotter was set to graduate high school, she had few college offers, most were in California.
“My high school coach never put us out there,” Brownotter said. “I never did either until my junior year. I put highlights out and I got a call from [UTTC head coach] Kelsey [Peltier].”
The McLaughlin, SD native said she was not ready to move so far from home.
“A lot of my family members that went away they ended up coming back,” Brownotter said. “I didn’t want to be one of those people. So I wanted get a feel of how [college] was going to be.”
United Tribes is glad she stayed close. Last season, the 5-foot-5 sophomore guard was all Mon-Dak Conference selection.
“My freshman year it was kind of hard,” Brownotter said. “My coach just kept telling me, ‘I can do it. It’s a mental thing'”
However, the success has not come without its obstacles. Tariq deals with severe shin splits.
“I can’t give my 100 percent sometimes because of my legs,” Borwnotter said. “Sometimes my legs lock up. I have had it for three years starting my senior [of high school].”
Those shin splits cause Tariq intense pain that forced her to seek treatment.
“I started seeing a physical therapist for it,” Brownotter said. “I do astym. These tools were you scrap out the shin splits and release the inflammation.”
Tariq goes through the treatment so she can help her team win and maybe create another opportunity for herself.
I learned a lot in basketball from [UTTC], Brownotter said. I’m a little bit said that I’m going to be leaving after this. I’m going to miss this program”
Tariq and the UTTC women return to the floor on Jan. 5