It might not be March yet, but No. 17 Georgia is in peak form, taking down No. 2 NC State 82-80 in overtime.
Sarah Ashlee Barker set up the upset, hitting a three point field goal with less than four seconds left to tie the game at 75 apiece and force overtime.
THE LONG THREE WITH LESS THAN HALF A SECOND LEFT 😤@UGA_WBB forces OT at No. 2 NC State! 📺 @ACCNetwork pic.twitter.com/jVvV2xwVRI— ESPN (@espn) December 17, 2021
THE LONG THREE WITH LESS THAN HALF A SECOND LEFT 😤@UGA_WBB forces OT at No. 2 NC State! 📺 @ACCNetwork pic.twitter.com/jVvV2xwVRI
“It felt like March, right?” Georgia coach Joni Taylor said after the game. “That felt like March Madness out there. So what we’ve been telling our team is this is the schedule that we’re prepared to play. This is what we’re ready for.
“What I hope we have learned from it is that we have a chance to be really good.”
Phoenix Mercury star Skylar Diggins-Smith had an adequate reaction, calling the game “lit.”
No she didn’t! NC State/Georgia is lit!— Skylar Diggins-Smith (@SkyDigg4) December 17, 2021
No she didn’t! NC State/Georgia is lit!
Georgia’s Jenna Staiti led the way for all scorers with 21 points and 11 rebounds to secure the double-double.
The Wolfpack were led by Elissa Cunane, who had 20 points and five rebounds as four scorers turned in double-digit performances. Of those 20 points, 18 came in the second half after she spent most of the first half on the bench in foul trouble. Diamond Johnson added 17 points to help the Wolfpack rally from down 40-28 at halftime, but they couldn’t complete the comeback.
With the loss, the Wolfpack’s 10-game winning streak is over. It’s their first since falling to No. 1 South Carolina on opening night.
NC State will look to rebound on Sunday against Virginia while Georgia will take on St. Francis PA.