HAMPTON, VA-Another halftime deficit, another spirited comeback – only this one took a little longer for the Hampton University women's basketball team, which needed two overtimes to come back and beat Kansas State 86-75 at the HU Convocation Center.
The Lady Pirates (9-3) have won four straight games.
Senior guard Nicole Hamilton and senior forward Alyssa Bennett each had 24 points to lead the Lady Pirates, and Bennett added 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season.
Freshman guard Malia Tate-DeFreitas added 19 points, while redshirt-sophomore forward Brielle Ward grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds.
The Lady Pirates had chances to win the game late in regulation and the first overtime, but once the second overtime started, they jumped out and outscored K-State 15-4 in the second extra session. After the Wildcats took a 73-71 lead to open the frame, Tate-DeFreitas gave the Lady Pirates a 74-73 lead with a 3-pointer in the corner.
Katya Leick put K-State up 75-74 with a pair of free throws with 2:33 left, but the Wildcats never scored again, as the Lady Pirates kicked off a game-ending 12-0 run on a 3-point play from Bennett.
Bennett later added another layup, and Tate-DeFreitas a 3-point play, before Tate-DeFreitas closed out the game by hitting four free throws in the final 54 seconds.
K-State led 31-22 at the half, and held a 34-25 lead with 18:48 left in regulation. But the Lady Pirates mounted a charge, going on a 10-2 run to cut the Wildcats' lead to 36-35 with 15:06 left in the second half after sophomore guard Ryan Jordan hit a 3-pointer.
Leick put K-State up 42-36 at the 12:27 mark with a trey, before Hampton scored nine of the next 11 points, taking a 45-44 lead with 9:10 left in regulation after Bennett hit a pair of free throws. It was Hampton's first lead of the night.
K-State led 59-55 with 3:17 left in regulation, thanks to two free throws from Leticia Romero, but the Lady Pirates mounted yet another comeback, going on a 9-2 run to take a 64-61 lead with 28 seconds left after a Tate-DeFreitas layup.
Romero hit a jumper with 19 seconds left, then Ashia Woods converted a turnover under the basket into a layup with 11 seconds left to give K-State a 65-64 lead – and seemingly the win. But Jordan drove to the basket, went to the line with five seconds left, and hit a free throw to force the extra session.
The Lady Pirates opened the first overtime by scoring five of the first seven points, taking a 70-67 lead with 35 seconds left on a free throw from junior guard Kenia Cole. Tate-DeFreitas added a free throw with 18 seconds left to put Hampton up 71-68.
But K-State scored three points to end the low-scoring first overtime, forcing five more minutes of play. The Lady Pirates shot 32.1 percent (26-for-81) from the floor and made six of their 23 3-pointers (26.1 percent). Hampton went 28-for-44 (63.6 percent) from the free throw line, but made all six at the charity stripe in the second overtime.
Hampton also out-rebounded K-State 59-53.The Wildcats (5-4) shot 36.2 percent (25-for-69) from the floor and made seven of 27 3-pointers (25.9 percent) – making just three of 17 shots from behind the arc after the half.