TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — North Texas came up short as Alabama outlasted the Mean Green 88-83 in triple overtime Monday night.
UNT (0-3) rallied twice from 15 points down in regulation to send the game and the Mean Green into the first triple-overtime session in school history but couldn’t overcome three players fouling out and an 8-3 Alabama run in the final overtime period.
“I’m very proud of this team. They gave great effort tonight, but it just wasn’t enough,” UNT head coach Mike Petersen said. “We had our chances to win it tonight, and I’m disappointed for our team because they gave such a great effort and deserved to be rewarded for their effort.”
Trailing 59-46 with less than eight minutes remaining, the Mean Green closed the game on a 15-2 run to tie it after regulation play. BreAnna Dawkins, who scored a career-high 18 points, sent the game into overtime with two free throws with 32 seconds left.
In the first overtime, UNT took its first lead of the game on a layup by Laura McCoy with 1:16 left. McCoy finished the game with 16 points. Alabama (4-0) tied the game and sent it into double overtime with two free throws from Daisha Simmons with 2.5 seconds left.
In double OT, Alabama raced out to four-point lead at 75-71, but the Mean Green answered back and took a 76-75 lead on a 3-pointer from McCoy. The Crimson Tide tied things up again at 78-78 with 42 seconds left in double OT, but Dawkins gave UNT the lead again with a basket with 19 seconds left.
Alabama tied the score on a basket by Simmons with 7 seconds left in the double overtime. Dawkins then drove to the basket with a chance to win it but fouled out with two seconds left on a charge.
In triple overtime, Alabama scored the first five points and never looked back. The Mean Green got to within two points at 85-83 on a three-point play from freshman Loryn Goodwin, but the Tide scored the final three points for the win.
Goodwin finished with her first career double-double, scoring a career-high 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Alabama raced out to an early 17-6 on back-to-back 3-pointers from Shafaontaye Myers six minutes into the game. UNT battled back with a 13-1 run, fueled by Goodwin who scored seven straight points during the run to make it a 22-19 game. Alabama took a six-point lead into the break at 37-31.
UNT plays again Friday in the New Mexico Thanksgiving Tournament in Albuquerque, taking on host New Mexico at 6:30 p.m.