Mississippi Gulf Coast surged to the lead in the second half Friday, then the Bulldogs survived some foul trouble in the second half to win their opener at Baton Rouge 64-55.
Daphane White (So., St. Martin/Gulfport) lead Gulf Coast with 22 points. Allison Martin (So., Raymond/Edwards) added 13, and Truth Taylor (So., Jim Hill/Jackson) and Kelsi Jackson (Fr., South Jones/Moselle) chipped in 12 each.
"The freshmen are really having to pick up on the speed of the game up here," Bulldogs coach Hope Adams said. "We were nervous missing Kayla (Simmons), Mia (Goolsby), Kailyn (Hammett) and Nakendra (Owens), but to come over and pull out a win with all the newcomers really gives us a lot of hope once we put all our pieces together."
The Bulldogs trailed by one after the first quarter, but outscored the Bears 20-6 in the second quarter to take a 33-21 lead into the break. White got into some foul trouble in the third quarter, but Gulf Coast held a 48-42 lead after three quarters.
Gulf Coast turns around and plays again Monday when Coastal Alabama-South visits Perkinston. Tipoff is at 5:30 p.m. at the Weathers-Wentzell Center.
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