Tucker leads Buccaneers past Jacksonville

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JACKSONVILLE, Texas – In front of a packed and noisy Homecoming crowd, the Blinn women’s basketball team turned down the volume.

Behind 20 points from do-it-all guard Tierra Tucker, the 17th-ranked Buccaneers beat the Jacksonville Lady Jaguars 77-53 here Saturday.

“To go into Jacksonville and win on their Homecoming night was a really good win for us,” Blinn (20-4, 10-2) coach Jeff Jenkins said.

Tucker silenced the crowd as she sunk buckets across the court offensively, including two 3-pointers. Jenkins said it’s the best game offensively he’s seen from the A&M Consolidated graduate.

“What really impressed me tonight was that her mid-range game was on,” Jenkins said. “She scored in so many different ways.”

Sophomore Shunta Nevitt scored 18 points, Fatima Adams scored 15 and Katrina Hayden scored nine. Blinn shot 18 of 21 from the free throw line.

Jacksonville cut Blinn’s 40-24 halftime lead to 12 points with eight minutes remaining in the second half, but Blinn sparked a run immediately after to prevent any chance at a Lady Jaguar comeback.
The real test for the Bucs comes Wednesday on the road against the 16th-ranked Tyler Lady Apaches. The two teams are tied for second in the Region XIV standings behind No. 1-ranked Trinity Valley.

In the first match-up at the Blinn P.E. Building on Jan. 15, the Bucs won a shootout 106-102.

“Wednesday is going to be a real test for us,” Jenkins said. “We’ll see how we respond.”

For more information on Blinn women’s basketball, visit www.buccaneersports.com.

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