Lady Dogs top NC State in overtime

Georgia loses late lead but rolls in extra period

Raleigh, N.C. -- The No. 9-ranked Georgia Lady Bulldogs squandered a double-digit second half lead before outscoring No. 13 NC State 14-9 during overtime en route to a 68-63 win at Reynolds Coliseum here on Sunday.

The win improves Georgia to 7-0 on the season. NC State fell to 6-3 and collected its third consecutive loss to a ranked opponent.

Christi Thomas and Camille Murphy scored 13 points apiece to lead the Lady Dogs, while Kara Braxton added 12 points and 11 rebounds to record her second consecutive double-double. Ebony Felder chipped in 11 points.

Rachel Stockdale led NC State with 14 points.

A steal and layup by Whitney Law gave the Lady Dogs a 46-35 lead with 10:59 remaining in the game. The Wolfpack cut that margin to three points less than four minutes later, however, an offensive rebound and stick-back by Felder pushed the score to 50-45.

NC State then pulled within one point on a layup by Talisha Scates at the 2:14 mark. Law ended back-to-back Wolfpack possessions with steals, and State fouled Murphy with 13 seconds remaining.

Murphy missed the front end of the one-and-one but Braxton grabbed the rebound and converted to give Georgia a 54-41 lead. Rachel Stockdale then knocked down a long three-pointer with 2.8 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

The Lady Dogs never trailed in the extra session. Murphy scored eight of her points in OT, including a perfect 6-of-6 from the line.

Georgia took the lead early in the contest on an old-fashioned three-point play by Braxton with 7:44 left in the first half. That sparked a 13-2 run which pushed the Lady Dogs' advantage to 11 points with 3:55 remaining in the period.

Andy Landers substituted liberally late in the half to protect Braxton and Thomas, who both had two fouls, and the Wolfpack closed the gap to 29-24 on a three by Stockdale with three seconds left.

The Lady Dogs secured the win without senior Tawana McDonald, who injured her knee cap in practice last week and hasn't practiced since.

Georgia returns to action on Wednesday when the Lady Bulldogs face Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., at 6:00 p.m. McDonald is doubtful for Wednesday's game as well.


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