BRENHAM, Texas — Jade Rochelle led the Buccaneers with 17 points as the team defeated Coastal Bend College in a 76-70 win on Wednesday night in the Kruse Center.
The win marks Blinn's second straight Region XIV conference win as the Buccaneers conference record moves to 3-4 and overall record increases to 9-7.
"Our pieces are starting to come together; we all have a role and we are finally starting to find it," sophomore Ke'Asia Williams said.
Trailing 8-4 to open the quarter, Rochelle led Blinn on a 6-0 run to give the Buccaneers a lead that the Buccaneers held onto until the final quarter. Holmes sparked Blinn's offense in the second quarter when she led Blinn during an 11-0 run by recording three shots from downtown. Blinn closed out the second quarter with four consecutive points to head into the locker room with a 32-19 lead.
Blinn continued to pull away from Coastal Bend in the third quarter as Kayla Konarik kicked things off with two three-pointers. Jade Rochelle scored the next seven of eight points for Blinn to head into the final quarter with a 49-36 lead. In the final quarter Coastal Bend creeped up on Blinn and managed to even the score 68-68 with 55.9 seconds left. Williams, who led Blinn with nine points in the final quarter, came up with a layup to put the Buccaneers back on top and scored the final two free throws of the game for the win.
"We had a big lead and it was shocking that they came back, but we all got together as a team and focused mentally," said Williams.
The Buccaneers return to the Kruse Center on Wednesday, Jan. 17 when they take on Angelina College at 5:30 p.m.
Blinn has competed in intercollegiate athletics since 1903 and captured 36 NJCAA national championships since 1987.