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Last shot for the 'Queen of 3'

Last shot for the 'Queen of 3'

Last shot for the 'Queen of 3'

Georgia Southern guard MiMi DuBose, r...

    MiMi Dubose has accomplished a lot since coming to Georgia Southern in 2010.
    She is the program’s all-time leading 3-point shooter, making 184 and counting. She has passed her sister Lee, an Eagle from 2002-06, in just about every statistical scoring category.
    She earned her degree in Recreation last May.
    Recently, DuBose was engaged to marry long-time boyfriend Chris Beck, a former Georgia Southern pitcher and 2012 second-round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox. Beck and DuBose have dated since high school, when they attended Jefferson High together, got recruited to Georgia Southern and spent three years attending GSU together until Beck was drafted.
    About the only thing DuBose hasn’t accomplished at GSU is winning a Southern Conference title.
    The SoCon tournament begins on Friday, and not only will it be DuBose’s last shot at a SoCon crown, it will be the last for the program before it joins the Sun Belt next season. Ending an era has extra meaning to DuBose and the team’s other four seniors, Lacie Dowling, Danielle Spencer, Jordi Cook and Brittany Benzio.
    “For the older girls who have been in this conference for a while it’s meaningful, maybe not for the freshmen, but it makes us excited and puts a chip on our shoulder,” DuBose said.
    DuBose has had a roller coaster career filled with some disappointing losses and a 2012 coaching change. Her adversity began in high school, where injuries almost took away her chance at playing Division I basketball.
    Former GSU coach Rusty Cram never stopped recruiting her despite separate torn muscles in her knees.
    “He just said, ‘We know you’re hurt.’ I said, ‘Yes sir.’ He said, ‘Well, you know we’re not backing off of you, right?’ At that point I was speechless,” said DuBose about her recruitment. “I didn’t really know what to say. ... That day when he said he was still going to offer me, I said, ‘That’s it. I’m coming.’ And here I am.”
    She’s never looked back.
    “I couldn’t have wanted to play anywhere else in the country,” said an emotional DuBose on Feb. 24, after a last-second loss to Western Carolina and her last game in Hanner Fieldhouse. “We have great fans and a great community, and I love my teammates no matter what. I couldn’t be prouder of the career we’ve had, and we’re not done yet.”
    Georgia Southern last won the SoCon when it joined the league, taking back-to-back titles in 1993 and 1994.
    The Eagles (9-20, 7-11 Southern Conference) open tournament play against Wofford (6-22, 4-14) on Friday at 11 a.m., in Kimmell Arena on the campus of UNC-Asheville, in Asheville, N.C. The teams split the regular season.
    Should GSU beat Wofford on Friday, it will face SoCon powerhouse Chattanooga, a team that ran the table in conference play and hasn’t lost in the SoCon in its last 34 tries.
    DuBose makes no bones about GSU’s underdog status.
    “We definitely are an underdog, especially if we were to beat Wofford and going into the Chatt game, but we’ve got to take it one day at a time,” DuBose said. “If we do beat Wofford I think we match up well with Chatt, and I think they’d much rather see Wofford win than us.”

    Matt Yogus may be reached at (912) 489-9408.

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