Britney Wright continued her assault on the Alabama State University women's basketball record book with a double-double, finishing the night 28 points and 14 rebounds.
The senior moved into third all-time at the school in scoring with 1,659 career points, passing Latricia McDole (1990-94) and is now just 63 points from becoming the second all-time leading scorer at the school.
Mid-way through the fourth quarter, Wright nearly outscored the Bulldogs on her own, getting within two points of AAMU At the final media timeout (3:47), the Hornets led 58-29, while Britney had 26.
"Everyone knows that when you play your rival you don't know what to expect and you pray your team comes out ready to play," Alabama State head coach Freda Freeman-Jackson said.
Going into the second half, I told them the first five minutes were crucial and I thought we did a really good job of pushing it up (the lead) and pressed the entire time. We did a better job of getting steals and scoring in transition tonight, and that was the difference in the game.
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Nothing is given and everything was earned on Saturday night at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome.
Alabama State rallied from six points down in the final 38 seconds of regulation to force overtime as the Hornets outlasted rival Alabama A&M, 97-89 in triple overtime, in a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) game.
Rodney Simeon paced five Alabama State players in double figures as he finished with a team-high 25 points, on 9-of-15 shooting and four 3-pointers. He hauled in 11 rebounds, including nine on the defensive glass, with one blocked shot.
Tony Armstrong tallied 22 points, 13 rebounds, with 10 coming on the defensive end, and one block. Reginald Gee and Terrance LeFlore each had 15 and 12 points, respectively, while LeFlore finished with a game-high six assists, two steals and one block. Torloft Thomas chipped in with 11 points, including a clutch 3-pointer to send the game into overtime, four assists and three steals.
The Hornets trailed for most of the second half, which set the stage for the dramatic ending to regulation.
AAMU's De'Dederick Petty sank a pair of free throws with 13.5 left to give the Bulldogs a 57-54 advantage. On the next ensuing possession, Thomas got the ball on the left wing and sank a step-back 3-pointer with 7.3 remaining, tying the game at 57.
In the second overtime, Alabama A&M led 76-73 after a three-point play by Quenterian McConico with 3:05 left, but the Hornets battled back and took a 79-78 advantage after a free-throw by Armstrong with 26 seconds remaining. Both teams traded free-throws in the final seven seconds to send the game into the third overtime.
Alabama State dominated the third overtime as the Hornets got buckets by Gee and Thomas to grab an 88-80 lead. The Bulldogs got as close as five points, 92-87, after a jumper by Merriweather, but that was as close as Alabama A&M would get.