PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast blew out visiting Bishop State on Monday in the Lady Bulldogs' first game at the Weathers/Wentzell Center this year, winning 72-31.
Breannah McCullah (Fr, Edwards/Raymond) had 13 points to lead Gulf Coast. Azaria Howard (Fr, Richland/Richland) added 12, and Eanna Sims (So, Jackson/Forest Hill) joined them in double digits with 11.
The balanced scoring is a key for the Lady Bulldogs, who improved to 2-1.
"It's going to be very important," Gulf Coast coach Hope Adams said. "Once we get everybody consistent and going, I think we're going to be a pretty good team."
Bishop State falls to 0-2.
A second straight 7-0 run to start a game set the Lady Bulldogs off on the right track. They'd blow the game wide open with a 13-0 run in the second that expanded their lead to 25-8 with 3:23 left in the half.
"We started off really rough," Adams said. "We couldn't execute. I think we were nervous the first home game. I think the girls had the jitters."
Gulf Coast's full-court pressure wore down Bishop State, which was on the wrong end of a 21-2 run spanning parts of the third and fourth quarters.
"Once we got into the flow of our game in the fourth quarter, we picked it up," said Adams.
Gulf Coast returns to action at Bishop State on Nov. 16 in Mobile. Tipoff is at 5:30 p.m.
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