BRENHAM, Texas – Blinn College women's basketball struggled on the defensive side of the ball and Tyler Junior College was able to advantage to earn the 80-62 victory Saturday afternoon inside the P.E. Building.
The loss closes the regular season for the Buccaneers with a 19-11 overall record and 12-8 in Region XIV play.
Jade Rochelle was a force on offense for Blinn all game as she scored 24 points to lead the team. Brenisha Coleman added nine points while Ke'Asia Williams, Bryanna Taylor and Daikea Milton each scored six in the loss.
Blinn didn't start out the game too bad as the Buccaneers held an early 6-5 lead after a jumper from Jasline Chandler with 7:04 left in the first quarter. Tyler followed by scoring the following seven points to take control of the quarter and lead 12-6 with 6:10 left.
Rochelle scored eight points and Coleman added five points but it was Tyler shooting out to a 27-21 lead after one.
The Buccaneers struggled on offense in the second quarter. Williams scored the first bucket of the quarter but then Tyler rolled off 12 straight points to grab a 39-23 lead with 5:02 left. Rochelle scored 10 of Blinn's 14 total points in the second quarter but Tyler outscored Blinn 23-14 to take a 50-35 lead at the half.
Blinn came out in the third and played much better defense by holding Tyler to only 10 points in the quarter. The Buccaneers scored eight straight capped by a basket by Coleman to get within 53-44 of Tyler with 4:38 left. The only time Blinn outscored Tyler was in the third and it helped the Buccaneers get within 60-48 after three.
Blinn opened the fourth with five consecutive points and got within 60-53 with 7:42 left in the game following a jumper from Williams. Tyler was able to take control of the game in the final six minutes to pull away for the 18-point victory.
Blinn will start the Region XIV Tournament on Wednesday, March 8 in Jacksonville.
Blinn has competed in intercollegiate athletics since 1903 and captured 34 NJCAA national championships since 1987. For more information, visit www.buccaneersports.com.
About Blinn College
With an enrollment of 19,422 students, Blinn ranks among the nation's leaders in transferring students to leading four-year universities and has received national recognition for affordable educational excellence. For more information, visit www.blinn.edu.