Wilmington, N.C. (Feb. 17) -UNCW came from 10 points down in regulation to force OT and didn't lead in the second half or overtime until the final basket with 5 seconds to win 84-83.
Visting Georgia State controlled the game, leading by 10 points with 9:41 to play (61-51) and still led by nine points 73-64 with 2:25. But, a lot of unusual things had to happen for UNCW to force the OT and they did at 73.
In the five-minute OT period, GSU jumped back up by five points at 78-73 with 3:39 when Tiffany Anderson, who had scored the first four points in OT, fouled out.
GSU led by four points in the OT with 18.8 seconds left, but UNCW drained a trey with 8 seconds from Jessica Freeman, Tawanna Lee made a steal and then a lay-up with 5.1 seconds. GSUs' final shot was contested hard, but the shot bounced off the rim.
On her radio show, Coach Baldwin-Tener deflected discussion on calls, by saying "I can't answer any questions about officiating. I'll just say we played tough, we played hard, we played with energy and with effort, but we didn't get the result we wanted."
Sophomore guard Ashley Watson led GSU (12-12, 4-9) with 16 points with five assists and four steals. Freshman Ashlee Cole added 13 points off the bench and Tiffany Anderson scored 10 points before fouling out. Center Cody Paulk had 10 rebounds, 9 points and 4 blocks despite game-long foul troubles.
UNCW (3-20, 2-10) got 27 points from senior guard Jessica Freeman, including 6-of-9 treys. Senior forward Karneshia Garrett finished with 22 points, 20 rebounds and six blocks in her 43 minutes.
Both teams made 10 3-point baskets in the game. GSU forced 16 UNCW turnovers and made 10 steals on defense.
The Panthers return to action with a game Thursday in Boston against Northeastern at 7 p.m.