ACU basketball inspired by Alabama's comeback win

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Monday night's College Football Playoff National Championship was a thrilling game down to the final play, the game-winning touchdown pass for Alabama.

That game resonated with ACU women's basketball coach Julie Goodenough because of freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa starting the second half and leading the Crimson Tide to victory.

"We saw a great example of staying locked in and being ready when your number is called," Goodenough said. "We just talked to our players about that."

Tagovailoa had not played significant minutes all season, but helped his team come from behind to defeat Georgia, 26-23 in overtime.

The Wildcats are also filled with many players who before this season had not played a significant amount of time, but rolled with the changes this season has brought.

ACU is off to a 4-0 start in the Southland Conference, and has won seven of its last eight games overall.

"This is why you work hard every day, why you stay focused every day, why we watch video on a daily basis, why we are so demanding of your time and want you to put work in.

"So that when you're put in a challenging situation you can draw from all the training you put into it and you can have confidence that you're going to be able to do what you're called on to do."

Young players like Breanna Wright, Dominque Golightly and Kayla Galindo have stepped up this season for ACU, much like Tagovailoa and DeVonta Smith, the Alabama freshman who caught the winning touchdown, stepped up in the most important moment for their team.

ACU continues conference play against Houston Baptist on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Moody Coliseum.

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