Blinn unable to catch San Jacinto in 53-42 loss

PASADENA, Texas - Blinn College women's basketball fell to San Jacinto College-North, 53-42, Saturday afternoon in the final conference game before the winter break.

"We have to get better over the Christmas break," said Jeff Jenkins, Blinn head coach. "We have to use that time with no classes to improve."

The Buccaneers overall record falls to 6-6 and Region XIV record drops to 1-4 following the loss.

Offensively Jade Rochelle was the only Buccaneer to reach double digits to lead the team with 12 points.

San Jacinto gained early momentum to kick off the first quarter with a 16-9 lead. However, the momentum shifted sides as the Buccaneers held San Jacinto to eight points, while scoring 13 points, to close in on San Jacinto 24-22 at the half.

In the third quarter San Jacinto outscored Blinn 16-11 to extend its lead to 40-33. The Buccaneers couldn't catch up to San Jacinto in the final quarter as they fell 53-42.

Blinn returns from the winter break on Jan. 2 to take on Hill College at the McLennan Community College Shootout at 4 p.m.

Blinn has competed in intercollegiate athletics since 1903 and captured 36 NJCAA national championships since 1987.