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Defense leads Buccaneers past No. 2 Walters State
 March 19, 2014

Blinn advances to NJCAA Elite Eight with 57-52 victory

SALINA, Kan. – The Blinn women’s basketball team did what so many others were unable to before it: beat No. 2-ranked Walters State (Tenn.) Community College.

The Buccaneers, behind their best defensive performance of the season, beat the Lady Senators 57-52 to advance to their second straight Elite Eight at the NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship.

“That’s as good defensively as we’ve played all year,” Blinn (28-6) coach Jeff Jenkins said. “We usually outscore people, and tonight we didn’t shoot the ball well, we had turnovers, but we played good enough defensively to beat the (second-ranked) team in the nation.”

The Bucs fought hard for rebounds, shut down Walters State’s (32-1) two big posts and got two game-changing blocks from sophomore Fatima Adams to put the game away.

Adams, who scored 20 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, stuffed Walters State’s Donnesha Shuler Brown who got a steal at half court and looked to make a lay-up that would have cut Blinn’s lead to one.

Adams made a hustle play down the court and got the block just as Shuler Brown released the ball.

“I honestly didn’t think I was going to get the block,” Adams said. “I was just trying to hustle back and some way make her miss the layup or fumble it out of bounds.”

The Blinn bench erupted and the Bucs carried the momentum to the final buzzer.

Now they advance to the Elite Eight for the second straight year, where they’ll play the winner of Central Arizona and Salt Lake Community College at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Blinn got contribution from nearly all its players against Walters State, from Adams’ double-double, Shunta Nevitt’s 10 rebounds, to Tierra Tucker’s five points and seven rebounds.

Sophomore post Shanequa Gaston gave Blinn a physical presence inside to negate the 6-foot-plus size of Walters State’s posts. Gaston pulled down six rebounds.

“In the women’s basketball world, for Blinn College to beat Walters State is a big deal,” Jenkins said.  “That’s a program that’s won nearly 800 games the past 37 years.”

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



























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