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Goodlett, Tech women win in overtime

DULUTH -- The Georgia Tech women moved into the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll last week. This week, the Yellow Jackets entered the Associated Press media rankings.

Now the key will be staying in the Top 25 with a tough stretch of games against fellow ACC powers coming up.

Sasha Goodlett scored seven of her 21 points in overtime and Georgia Tech (17-6, 7-2 ACC) scored the first 11 points of the extra period en route to a 75-68 victory over North Carolina State on Thursday night in the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

After letting a late nine-point lead slip away in regulation, Georgia Tech was determined to own overtime. The Yellow Jackets did just that.

"There wasn't a doubt in our minds," Goodlett said. "We were going to win the game."

"I was very pleased with our toughness," Yellow Jackets coach MaChelle Joseph said. "We were a better team in overtime."

Behind 60-51 with 2:26 left, N.C. State (14-9, 4-6 ACC) tied it at 61-all on Bonae Holston's basket from in close with 12 seconds remaining in regulation.

Marissa Kastanek scored 21 points for the Wolfpack, but sprained her right ankle early in overtime and didn't return.

"That definitely killed the momentum we had," N.C. coach Kellie Harper said. "But I'm proud of our effort against a very good team."

Kastanek scored 27 points in the Wolfpack's 76-66 home loss to the Yellow Jackets on Jan. 6.

Georgia Tech got a double-double off the bench from Chelsea Regins, who had 11 rebounds and 10 points.

"She was huge inside," Joseph said.

"I'm the engine who tries to get us going," Regins said. "We knew that overtime belonged to us."

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. kept battling and got back in the game on late 3-pointers by 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.

"We gutted it out and that's a sign of a good team," Joseph said.

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 Terapins.

The Yellow Jackets, ranked No. 22 by the coaches and No. 24 by the media, host Maryland, ranked No. 9 and No. 10, on Monday at the Gwinnett Arena and then play at North Carolina a week from Sunday. The Terps are ranked No. 9 and No. 10, while the Tar Heels are No. 23 and No. 24.

The game with N.C. State had a Gwinnett flavor with Buford graduate Alysha Rudnik, a member of the Georgia Tech softball team, singing the national anthem. Many of the Yellow Jackets women's spring teams were introduced during the first half.