Photo Courtesy: UA Athletics (Logan J. Webster)
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (Univ. of Ark.) - It took three overtimes, career nights from Dominque Wilson and Jhasmin Bowen and five players fouled out but the University of Arkansas women's basketball team hung on for a 91-80 triple overtime win at Alabama in Southeastern Conference play in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Sunday.
The win moves the Razorbacks to 16-8 overall and 4-7 while Bama fell to 12-12 and 2-9 in the SEC.
Wilson, a freshman from Power Springs, Ga., stepped up with 19 points including an 8-for-8 night from the free throw line for Arkansas. Wilson hit a pair of bonus shots to send the game into the first overtime and added a big three in the overtime period to keep the game alive.
Bowen also had a career night with 19 points and eight rebounds. The Wichita, Kan., native played 38 minutes after senior Sarah Watkins fouled out in regulation.
Senior Quistelle Williams had her fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The Grand Rapids, Mich., native hit two big three-pointers in the big win.
"I'm worn out," a happy Tom Collen said. "It was about who had the will and could find a way to win. I don't think I've ever been more proud of a team. We have been so close so many times and I think we deserved this. Alabama did a great job but I'm just so happy for our team."
Alabama had the momentum from the opening tip and controlled the first half of the game. Arkansas maintained its composure and scratched back into the game in the second half and took the lead as the game wore on. Up three, 58-55, at the end of regulation, Bama drove the floor and Shafontaye Myers hit a fall away three-pointer with three seconds on the clock to tie the game and send it to the first overtime period.
The game moved into the second overtime frame and Arkansas again had the three-point lead, 68-65 with 18 ticks on the clock. Arkansas let the Crimson Tide run the floor and burn some time and Myers again stepped up with a deep three tying the game and sending it to the second overtime.
Alabama came out on fire in the second bonus frame and the Razorbacks were down seven points fast. With just under two minutes to play, Williams hit a three-pointer to spark Arkansas. The defense answered for the Razorbacks getting a stop and the Tide committed a foul on a missed shot.
Bowen stepped to the line and drained two free throws with 39 seconds on the clock but Arkansas still trailed by two, 73-75.
Collen elected to foul at this point and Alabama hit one of two bonus shots but left 14 seconds on the clock for the Razorbacks. Arkansas drove the floor and the ball found its way to Wilson's hands. The freshman calmly stepped back and drained a three pointer with the clock winding down tying the contest at 76 and forcing the third overtime period.
The Razorbacks carried that momentum over into the final frame going on a 10-2 run to start the overtime as they hung on for the 91-80 triple period win at Alabama.
Five players scored in double figures for Arkansas paced by 19 points from Wilson and Bowen. Senior Erin Gatling added 13 points and Calli Berna and Williams had 12 points each. Williams posted a traditional double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds while Berna also had a double-double with 12 points and 11 assists in the win.
Arkansas has a bye Thursday before returning to SEC action hosting Missouri Sunday Feb. 17, at 2 p.m.