Janelle Bailey scored a team-high 20 points and shot a perfect 10-10 from the free-throw line as the North Carolina women’s basketball beat Georgia Tech on the road, 67-60, on Thursday night.
In their first overtime game of the season, the Tar Heels also got 17 points from guard Madinah Muhammad as they moved to 14-5 overall and 5-3 in the ACC.
The Yellow Jackets jumped out to early leads of 6-0 and 13-5 and, by first quarter’s end, they led 21-16 — aided in part by six UNC turnovers.
Things slowed down significantly in the second quarter. After combining for 37 points in the first 10 minutes, the ACC foes scored just 14 more before halftime. Georgia Tech (14-5, 5-3 ACC) had just five; UNC had nine.
Seven of those Tar Heel points came at a great time. Although they were well spread out over the final 3:41 of the first half, two baskets from Bailey and a Muhammad 3-pointer sent UNC on a 7-0 run. By halftime, the team had narrowed its deficit to 26-25.
With jumpers from Taylor Koenen and Malu Tshitenge to start the third, North Carolina extended that run to 11-0. The Tar Heels, thanks to 7-14 shooting, went on to outscore the Yellow Jackets 18-13 out of the break. After three quarters, UNC led 43-39.
In a free-flowing fourth quarter, North Carolina and Georgia Tech opted for a slew of quick possessions. It worked for the Yellow Jackets, who regained the lead halfway through the quarter. It didn’t work as well for the Tar Heels, who trumped their first-quarter total with seven turnovers.
But when crunch time came, Courtney Banghart’s team was prepared. Muhammad stole the ball for a layup and a 50-49 lead. After a Georgia Tech score, Shayla Bennett promptly responded with a jumper of her own.