Georgia Tech guard Francesca Pan (33) shoots against North Carolina State guard Jakia Brown-Turner (11) and center Elissa Cunane during the first half Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Raleigh, N.C.
Photo: Gerry Broome/AP
Photo: Gerry Broome/AP

Tech women score stunning victory over No. 4 Wolfpack

The win marked the second ranked win on the road this season for the Jackets.

The Yellow Jackets (17-9, 8-7 ACC), who had lost six of their past eight games, trailed 30-25 at halftime after missing their last six field-goal attempts of the second quarter and being held scoreless for 3:38. But Pan got going in the third quarter, making 6 of 7 field-goal attempts to help Georgia Tech build a 49-38 lead. 

N.C. State (22-3, 11-3), which started 22-1, lost at home for the second time in four days following a defeat to No. 9 Louisville on Thursday. 

Wolfpack senior guard Aislinn Konig, who was held to four points by the Cardinals, had her second straight rough outing with no points on just three field-goal attempts against Georgia Tech. The Wolfpack entered the day in a first-place tie with Louisville in the ACC. 

Nerea Hermosa added 12 points for Georgia Tech. 

Elissa Cunane and Kayla Jones each scored 17 points for the Wolfpack, which shot just 3 of 13 from 3-point range. The Wolfpack cut Georgia Tech's 11-point lead to 51-47 on Cunane's free throws 31 seconds into the third quarter, but two 3-pointers by Pan helped the Yellow Jackets build their lead to 12 points. 

That lead almost didn’t hold up as N.C. State removed Cunane from the game to go with a quicker lineup featuring reserve Jada Boyd at center. Boyd scored 10 points in the final five minutes to help the Wolfpack draw within 61-59 with 1:39 remaining. 

But a potential tiebreaking shot by Boyd was blocked in the lane on the next possession, and Pan made 3 of 4 free throws in the final 25 seconds as Georgia Tech held on to win. 

The Yellow Jackets have experienced a lot of heartbreak this season, but were finally rewarded with a big win on the road. After losing three times in overtime since Jan. 23, Georgia Tech managed to close out a strong performance with a marquee win that will give its NCAA Tournament hopes a huge boost. 

The women play host to Louisville on Thursday. 

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