Thompson tallies 32 in 32-point comeback

Updated: February 21, 2006, 11:47 AM ET
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SAN MARCOS, Texas -- Texas State's 32-point come-from-behind victory at Texas-San Antonio on Saturday marked the largest comeback win in the history of NCAA Division I women's basketball.

The previous record, which stood for four seasons, was held by Oregon, which erased a 22-point deficit in a win over Arizona on March 4, 2000. The Ducks trailed 55-33 with 16:20 remaining in the game and won 75-71 in overtime.

Prior to Oregon's comeback in 2000, Louisiana Tech held the record for a 21-point rally to beat Old Dominion in 1989.

The Bobcats never led in regulation in their improbable 73-71 overtime victory Saturday. With 2:18 remaining in the first half at the Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas State trailed 40-8. The Bobcats narrowed the advantage to 42-15 at the halftime buzzer, but fell behind by 30, 47-17, shortly into the second half.

Texas State finally tied the score at 63 -- and forced the extra period -- on a Tamara Thompson 3-pointer with 41 seconds left. After a defensive stop by the Bobcats, the game went into overtime after Thompson's last-second, 40-foot 3-point attempt rimmed in and out.

Thompson, who scored a career-best 32 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, then nailed a pair of free throws with three seconds left in overtime, giving Texas State just its third lead of the game in the 73-71 overtime win.

Texas State improved to 14-9 overall and 6-6 in the Southland Conference with the win.