DULUTH - After letting a late nine-point lead slip away in regulation, Georgia Tech was determined to own overtime. The No. 24-ranked Yellow Jackets did just that.
"There wasn't a doubt in our minds," Sasha Goodlett said. "We were going to win the game."
Goodlett scored seven of her 21 points in overtime to lead No. 24 Georgia Tech over North Carolina State 75-68 on Thursday night.
Metra Walhour added 11 points, and Chelsea Regins had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets (17-6, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who scored the first 11 points in overtime after letting a nine-point lead slip away late in regulation.
"I was very pleased with our toughness," Yellow Jackets coach MaChelle Joseph said. "We were a better team in overtime."
Trailing 60-51 with 2:26 left, N.C. State (14-9, 4-6) rallied and forced overtime on Bonae Holston's basket from in close with 12 seconds remaining.
Marissa Kastanek scored 21 points for the Wolfpack, but sprained her right ankle early in overtime and didn't return. Kastanek scored 27 points in the Wolfpack's 76-66 home loss to the Yellow Jackets on Jan. 2.
"That definitely killed the momentum we had," N.C. State coach Kellie Harper said. "But I'm proud of our effort against a very good team."
The foul line was decisive for the Yellow Jackets, who were 24 for 32. N.C. State was 5 for 12.
"It wasn't a pretty game," Goodlett said.
N.C. State led 36-31 at halftime behind 13 points from Kastanek. The Wolfpack shot 53.8 percent in the first half, hitting 4 of 9 3-pointers. But N.C. State cooled to 33.3 percent the rest of the game and was 3 of 15 from behind the arc.
"I wasn't pleased with our defense in the first half," Joseph said. "But our defense won the game for us."
Down by as many as seven points, the Yellow Jackets seemingly took control with a 9-0 run midway in the second half. But N.C. State kept battling and got back in the game on late 3-pointers by Myisha Goodwin-Coleman and Erica Donovan.
Metra Walthour had 11 points and four assists in 44 minutes for the Yellow Jackets despite a 2-for-11 shooting night. Goodwin-Coleman scored 15 points for N.C. State.
Georgia Tech plays host to No. 9 Maryland on Monday in its next game. The Yellow Jackets had a 17-point lead at Maryland on Jan. 6 before losing 77-74. All of the Yellow Jackets losses have come to ranked teams.
"We let that game slip away," said Goodlett, eager to get another shot at the Terrapins.