The result was a 12-1 run that turned into a 56-43 lead and put the game away.
A major factor was the Jackets' defensive effort against Panthers star forward Danyiell McKeller, who entered the game third in the Colonial Athletic Association with 21.4 points per game.
The senior cracked the 1,000 career points mark in the process, but managed just 14 points on some 5-of-23 shooting and turning the ball over three times.
Tech's Brigitte Ardossi, who had game highs in both points (17) and rebounds (11), was one of the main defenders shadowing McKeller. Ardossi said they knew McKeller would be a priority if they were to win.
"The past couple of games, she had almost 20 points," Ardossi said. "When any player's capable of scoring that much, they have to be a threat to you. We made reference to that in practice [Monday], but she still got 23 shots off. That's a lot of shots to be getting off, but I think they were well-contested."
The Jackets struggled as well against the Panther defense, having to rally late just to shoot 8 of 25 in the second half. But on the ones that weren't defended, Georgia Tech was nearly automatic.
Tech shot 19 of 21 from the free-throw line, the team's best foul line performance since an 81-41 win over Longwood on Dec. 20, 2005. With the difficulties the Jackets had from the field while playing their fourth game in seven days, it was nice for Joseph to see the easy ones fall.
"That's what we talk about on the road. We've got to hit layups and free throws," Joseph said. "Obviously, we didn't hit layups, so we had to hit free throws. I thought Mimi Walthour, who hadn't been shooting her free throws particularly well, stepped up big for us (6 of 6 from the line) and knocked them down down the stretch."