Dubose excels at GSU

Hayden Boudreaux

Preseason All-Southern Conference senior guard MiMi Dubose has begun her final season for the Georgia Southern University women’s basketball team and she plans to go out with a bang.

Dubose was born into a basketball-heavy family, her father coached men’s basketball at Jefferson High School and her sister played basketball as far back as she could remember. Dubose is thankful of her upbringing and believes it shaped her into the player she is today.

“My dad was a high school coach for forty years so I’ve grown up in the gym, even when I was too young to play I was always exposed to [basketball],” Dubose said.

She began to play basketball on her first team when she was four years old and she built on that experience so by the time she reached high school she was turning heads.

Dubose displayed her versatility at Jefferson High School, lettering in basketball, softball, golf and cheerleading. When it came time for Dubose to make her decision on where she wanted to play college basketball, she turned to her family for advice.

“My sister played GSU and coached here for two years. It is such a family environment and everyone was so welcoming. My parents said to choose somewhere that if you don’t have basketball you’re going to love,” Dubose said.

In her freshman season at GSU Dubose averaged 9.3 points per game and knocked down 40 shots from beyond the arch. Her performance on the court earned her All-SoCon Freshman team honors.

Dubose’s work ethic and dedication carried over to the classroom as well, winning her a spot on the SoCon Academic Honor Roll.

Dubose continued to shine as she progressed through her career. She found her place on three straight SoCon Honor Roll lists and laid her foundation to be voted in as a preseason All-Southern Conference player, however she has not let these personal accomplishments get in the way of her team goals.

“It is a big honor and it’s very exciting as a senior, but I’m more worried about our team winning than any personal awards,” Dubose said.

So far this season Dubose has been a big part of the Eagle offensive attack. She has averaged 8.3 points per game including 15 in the loss to Auburn University. If her performance continues to improve as the year continues Dubose hopes to make a run at professional basketball in Australia or Italy.

“It all depends on how the season turns out and if I can stay healthy, but when the time comes that is something I will be very excited about,” Dubose said.

Second-year head coach Chris Vozab has built a solid relationship with Dubose over her time at GSU. Vozab believes that Dubose will be the key to her team’s success this season and that she has a good shot at playing professional basketball.

“Mimi is fearless and very tough'” Vozab said. “She’s always going to attack and that is something a team needs when they are facing pressure. Professionally, she has a great shot.”