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November 19, 2012

Bama hoops women win in triple overtime

TUSCALOOSA | Jasmine Robinson scored 14 of her 26 points after regulation, leading the University of Alabama women's basketball team to an 88-83 victory over North Texas on Monday in Foster Auditorium.

"I can't say enough about the maturity of our team in this particular game," Alabama (4-0) coach Wendell Hudson said. "We got off to a good start but then had trouble. We shot the ball 97 times and missed some wide-open shots and layups, but we were also doing a lot of good things."

Alabama led by as many as 15 points in the second half, but a 19-4 run by North Texas at the end of regulation sent the game into overtime. The Mean Green (0-3) led toward the end of the first two overtimes, but key free throws with 2 seconds remaining in the first and a jumper with 4 seconds left in the second by sophomore Daisha Simmons sent the game into its third and final overtime.

In the third, it was all Alabama as the Tide outscored the Mean Green 8-3. A basket by sophomore Kaneisha Horn followed by a 3-pointer by junior Shafontaye Myers got Alabama out to an 85-80 lead with just over one minute played.

"Any time you can come back after you let a team get back in the game and let them feel like they can win, that's a big key," Hudson said. "When they thought they had the game, we did not give it to them."

In addition to her career-high 26 points, Robinson also had a career-best 13 rebounds for her first double-double. She was joined by Horn, who finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Simmons, who added 14 points and 11 boards. Myers had 22 points, her fourth straight game in double figures.

Alabama hosts Southeastern Louisiana at 2 p.m. Sunday.



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