Mississippi Gulf Coast needed a big night from Mia Goolsby on Thursdays night in Meridian, and for the second straight game she came through.
She had six 3-pointers on the way to 23 points in a 61-58 win over the Eagles.
"I've really got to brag on Mia Goolsby," Gulf Coast coach Hope Adams said. "She's really stepped up after last year when she missed half of the conference games with that injury. To see her out there giving her all and playing her heart out in her sophomore year, I'm really proud of her."
Gulf Coast improves to 11-1 overall, 3-1 MACJC South. The Bulldogs remain in a tie for second in the division.
The Bulldogs trailed by seven in the middle of the third quarter before going on a 15-0 run that ended in the final quarter to take control. Goolsby, a sophomore point guard from Greenville S.C., made long-range shot after long-range shot to carry the squad in what Adams said was a "fearless" performance.
Gulf Coast got the win without Daphane White, who did not make the trip.
"The identity of our team changed tonight," Adams said. "I think the girls really stepped up to the challenge coming into this game. We told Nakendra she'd have to step up this game, and she did."
Gulf Coast faces its archrival Tuesday when it travels to Pearl River. Tipoff in Poplarville is set for 7:30 p.m. The game is being played a day later than usual because of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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