Seward County Community College freshman Stephani Rhoten signed an official NCAA letter of intent on Wednesday afternoon with Creighton University for the 2008-2009 season. The freshman from Canyon, Texas, held a press conference in the All-American Room on the campus of SCCC to announce her official decision on where she would continue her academic and basketball career. Rhoten joins a list of 42 Seward County women’s basketball players that have signed with a NCAA Division I program since 1993. Third-year head coach Toby Wynn has now mentored 11 Division I performers in his coaching tenure at Seward County. Other 2007-2008 SCCC players that have sign with NCAA programs include Tegan Cunningham (Oklahoma State University) and Kasia Gawor (University of Texas – El Paso).

Rhoten led the Region VI in assists as a freshman averaging 6.1 assists per game while recording 14.2 points per game. She set the Seward County single-season record for free throw shooting percentage (.869, 146-of-168) and ranked fourth in the nation.

Rhoten led the team averaging 33.7 minutes played per game, and she posted 49 3-pointers and 92 steals this past season.

She was a Second Team Jayhawk West All-Conference selection and received Honorable Mention All-Region VI recognition. Rhoten led the Lady Saints in the Region VI Tournament quarterfinals scoring 16 points with four 3-pointers against Cowley College.

The 5-foot-7 point guard tied a school-record making eight 3-pointers in a single-game (vs. Carl Albert State College), and she recorded the second-most points in SCCC single-game history with 38 points against Carl Albert State College (Nov. 3) in her second collegiate game. She scored in double figures in 25 contests, recorded 20 games with at least three steals and led the team in assists 27 times.

Rhoten joins a Creighton women’s basketball program that finished its season in the second round of Women’s National Invitational Tournament with a 21-12 overall record. The Bluejays are coached by sixth-season head coach Jim Flanery, who has led Creighton to three 20-win seasons and to an overall mark of 109-80 (.577). Creighton has made three appearances at the NCAA Tournament in its program’s history (2002, 1994, 1992).