Hampton gained one of its most remarkable victories in school history, outlasting Big 12 opponent Kansas State 86-75 Saturday with a game-closing 12-0 run in the second overtime period before a crowd of 587 at the HU Convocation Center.
Senior local products Alyssa Bennett and Nicole Hamilton each had 24 points, while Bennett had 10 rebounds and Brielle Ward grabbed 12.
HU improved to 9-3 and hiked its winning streak to four. K-State, picked ninth in the Big 12, fell to 5-4 as its three-game winning streak ended. The Wildcats have five true freshmen and two redshirt freshmen.
K-State committed 24 turnovers to HU’s 14.
HU trailed 21-8 but took its first lead, 45-44, when Bennett -- a former Hampton High star who has thrived since transferring to HU -- sank two free throws with 9:10 left in regulation. The margin was close thereafter.
A 9-2 run put HU ahead 64-61, but the Wildcats’ Ashia Woods hit a layup with 11 seconds left to put her squad ahead 65-64.
Hamilton, a Phoebus High graduate, missed a 3-point try, but teammate Ryan Jordan rebounded it, was fouled and hit the second of two free throws with 5 seconds left, forcing overtime at 65-65.
HU led 71-68 in the first overtime, but K-State hit a layup, then sank 1 of 2 foul shots with 7 seconds left to help end that period at 71-71.
In the second overtime, Bennett’s layup and free throw with 2:16 left put HU ahead for good at 77-75. Turnovers and missed shots plagued the Wildcats the rest of the way.
Va. Tech women 82, Radford 33
Virginia Tech breezed past Radford at Cassell Coliseum as Uju Ugoka had 22 points and 17 rebounds.
The Hokies enter the holiday break at 9-2, while the Highlanders fell to 2-9.
“I give our girls a lot of credit for playing extremely hard right from the beginning,” Tech coach Dennis Wolff said. “As you head in to Christmas, it’s not always easy, and I think the kids really didn’t let getting to Christmas get in the way of playing a good game, so I’m proud of them for that.”
Ugoka connected on 9-of-13 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line in just 22 minutes of play. It marked her sixth consecutive double-double of the season; Ugoka joined Karen Garbis as the only other Tech player to record six straight. Garbis accomplished the feat in 1978.
Also for the Hokies, freshman Maddison Penn scored a season-high 15 points, hitting 5-of-8 from outside the arc. Vanessa Panousis added 12 points and handed out five assists. Taijah Campbell grabbed 11 rebounds.
Chelsey Romero, a freshman from Kecoughtan High, had season-highs of 14 rebounds and three blocks in 32 minutes as Marshall (5-5) beat Delaware State 62-47 in Huntington, W.Va. ...
Virginia (5-6) sank nine consecutive 3-point shots in the first half and rolled past homestanding Florida Gulf Coast 85-56 to finish 1-1 in an event in Fort Myers.
"I think this was our best game of the season, both offensively and defensively," U.Va. coach Joanne Boyle said. Her team got 14 points apiece from Kelsey Wolfe and Ataira Franklin. ...
With leukemia-fighting head coach Sylvia Hatchell watching her team in person for the first time this season, six Tar Heels scored in double figures as No. 14 North Carolina routed High Point 103-71. Xylina McDaniel had 16 points to lead UNC.
Hatchell has remained involved with the team over the last three months, including reviewing practice and game video, speaking multiple times a day with the coaching staff and having face-to-face meetings with players. ...
Shelby Romine's 23 points helped Bucknell (5-5) past Longwood 71-47 in Farmville, dropping the Lancers to 3-7. Heather Tobeck had 20 points for Longwood. ...
Despite Taylor Brown's 24 points, George Mason (5-6) lost 67-64 at Alabama Birmingham. ...
UR (5-7) squandered a 17-point lead, though Olivia Healy had a game-high 20 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. ...
Erika Brown's 23 points gave Delaware a 77-64 win at Lehigh for the Christmas City Classic championship in Bethlehem, Pa.
The Blue Hens' Kelsey Buchanan scored 18 and was named the tournament MVP.
Josh Fortune, a Kecoughtan High graduate, had 10 points as Providence improved to 10-2 with a 94-70 home win against Maine.
The Friars were led by 22 points apiece from seniors Kadeem Batts and Bryce Cotton. ...
Behind Alex Mitola's 18 points and Tyler Melville's 17, Dartmouth (6-4) beat Longwood for the third straight season, 84-64 in Farmville.Tristan Carey led the Lancers with 20 points. ...
In a "preview" of the Football Championship Subdivision title game, host North Dakota State (9-4) shot 56 percent and beat Towson 90-82 in Fargo as Tyler Braun and Marcus Bjorklund each scored 28 points.
Jerrelle Benimon led the Tigers (7-6) with 29 points and 12 rebounds. ... ...
Maurice Creek scored 22 as George Washington (10-1) improved to 7-0 at home with a 74-61 win against Maryland Baltimore County. The Colonials tied the best 11-game start in program history. ...Scott Eatherton scored 20 points, including Northeastern's final nine, and the Huskies stormed back from a 19-point halftime deficit to defeat Milwaukee 62-59 in New Orleans and end a six-game slide. Eatherton grabbed 10 rebounds for the Huskies (3-8). ...
Kris Brewer's 20 points guided visiting Kent State (9-2) past the College of Charleston 58-54.
Willis Hall had 14 points for the Cougars (5-7), and he and Adjehi Baru had nine rebounds apiece. ...Tyler White hit a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left to boost Northern Kentucky's lead to four, and the Norse (4-7) defeated Navy 72-65 in Highland Heights, Ky.
Brandon Venturini scored 20 for the Midshipmen (5-5). ...Mary Washington held on to beat Randolph 51-50 in a half-court game in Lynchburg, enabling the Eagles to tie the best 10-game start in school history (9-1).
Bradley Riester led the Eagles with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting, while Taylor Johnson collected 11 points and 12 rebounds.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun