Appalachian State entered the game with size, speed and a boatload of offense, and Georgia Southern answered with MiMi Dubose.
The redshirt freshman sharpshooter scored a career-high 25 points as the Lady Eagles came away with a 73-65 win Monday at Hanner Fieldhouse.
DuBose knocked down four 3-pointers and seven free throws, and iced the game when she split two defenders and was fouled as she laid it in off the glass with 1:47 remaining. She converted the old-fashioned three-point play to put the Eagles ahead, 71-65.
"At that point, we just needed one or two more buckets to pretty much assure that we were going to win. Once I hit that bucket, I think the whole team was just hyped," said DuBose. "I could just see the faces on App State’s bench and they were down. I think we just kind of fed off that and realized that we’d won."
DuBose hit 4 of 9 3-point attempts and added a mid-range jumper and a pair of layups in the effort.
"In the second half especially, they were really overplaying me," DuBose said. "They didn’t want me shooting any more, so [assistant coach] Mary Perry called me off to the side and said, ‘If they’re overplaying you, take it to the hole.’"
"You’re going to have to take it to the hole, and if you can’t, they’re just going to stay out and take you out of the ballgame," added GSU coach Rusty Cram. "She’s worked her butt off. MiMi’s just a coach on the floor, and she plays smart basketball."
A steal by Brianna Scott led to a pair of free throws by Krista Tate with 1:27 remaining that were good for the final margin as the Mountaineers (10-4, 4-2 Southern Conference) were content to let the clock run out.
Tate finished with 16 points on 5 of 8 shooting and hauled in a game-high seven rebounds.
Though undersized, the Eagles (7-10, 4-4) out-rebounded ASU 32-29 and held 6-foot-3 center Ashlen Dewart to 15 points and five rebounds, and only two of her points came in the first half as GSU built a 35-28 lead at the break.
"She just wasn’t comfortable in there. In the second half, they had to go to her," Cram said about Dewart. "She’s going to get her points but you can’t let her get over and beyond, because that’s a big presence inside that you’ve got to deal with."
Scott got the start and defended Dewart, but showed off on the offensive side as well, shooting 50 percent on the way to 10 points.
"I have no idea where that came from," Scott laughed. "With me I think I’ve always been able to play defense. That’s always been my strongest point – post defense. I knew eventually that the offense was going to come, and tonight it just came out of nowhere. I just stuck to my guns and kept shooting. When my defense is going well, I can get my offense in rhythm too. It gives me confidence."
Point guard Jamie Navarro, a 45 percent 3-point shooter entering the game, was up to her old tricks, sinking three of her five attempts. All told, the Eagles shot nearly 50 percent from behind the arc for the second-straight game, finishing at 47.4 percent (9 for 19). It is also the second game in a row the 3-point shooting percentage has been higher than the overall field-goal percentage (47.1).
The Mountaineers were led by Sam Ramirez, who finished with 19 points. Dewart scored 15 in the paint, Anna Freeman had 13 and Chakeitha Weldon finished with 10.
The Eagles return to action looking to pull their SoCon record above .500 when they host Western Carolina Friday at 7 p.m.
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