Senior guard Meoshonti Knight’s layup with 5.5 seconds remaining scored the game-winning point as the University of Alabama women’s basketball advanced to the quarterfinals of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament with a 61-59 victory over Georgia Tech on Thursday night.
Alabama (20-13) advances to visit Virginia Tech on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. The Hokies (21-13) defeated Fordham, 81-50
Senior forward Ashley Williams led the Crimson Tide with 15 points and four rebounds, while sophomore guard Jordan Lewis scored 11 at Coleman Coliseum.
After falling behind 24-7 with six minutes remaining in the second quarter, an 11-0 run sparked Alabama’s comeback and it managed the tie the game at halftime, 29-29.
There were six lead changes during the final seven minutes of the game, but a Williams layup gave Alabama a 59-58 lead with 47 seconds remaining. After Georgia tied the game at 59, the Crimson Tide held the ball for the last shot.
Alabama was the only SEC school in the 64-team field. Also having advanced to the final eight teams are Indiana, St. John’s, TCU and South Dakota.