Feb. 20, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
After mounting a sensational comeback in the second half, the Alabama women's basketball team (12-14, 5-8 SEC) came away with a thrilling 72-64 overtime victory against Mississippi State (17-10, 4-9 SEC) Thursday at Foster Auditorium.
Four players scored in double figures for Alabama. Shafontaye Myers led all scorers with 19 points, while freshman Ashley Williams and junior Sharin Rivers each scored 18. Junior Daisha Simmons added 11. Coincidentally, the quartet of double-figure scorers made critical plays in the waning moments of the game to lead the Tide to victory.
With Alabama trailing 55-52 with 1:11 remaining in the second half, Williams deflected the Mississippi State inbounds pass, which led to a three-pointer from Rivers to tie the game with 1:07 remaining. After a turnover on Mississippi State's next possession, Simmons sunk a layup and drew a foul from State's Kendra Grant. Simmons made her free throw, giving Alabama the 58-55 lead with 37 seconds left.
After a series of trips to the free throw line by both teams and a missed layup by Simmons at the buzzer, the two teams headed to overtime tied at 59-59.
Myers made a three-point field goal to kick-start Alabama's scoring in overtime, and the Tide never looked back, outscoring the Bulldogs 13-5 in the extra period.
Next up, Alabama hits the road to play Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn., on Sunday, Feb. 23. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. CT.
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