Feb 18 2010
Seward County Lady Saints forward Rachel Barnes has been named the NJCAA National Player of the Week as well as Jayhawk Conference Player of the Week after putting together one of the finer weeks of basketball in school history. On Wednesday against Pratt the sophomore from Windsor, Connecticut scored a career high 34 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, with 6 steals in the Lady Saints 99-69 win over the Beavers. Barnes found her way to the charity stripe 17 times, 2 short of the school record and also banged in 4 three pointers in the contest. On Saturday night in a must win road matchup for Seward at #20 Cloud County Barnes saved her best for last. She scored just 5 first half points as the Lady Saints clinged to a four point halftime lead but followed that up with one of the most memorable halves by any Seward basketball player in memory. Barnes scored 24 2nd half points to finish with 29 as well as 9 rebounds as Seward blew past the T-Birds to take the inside track to the Jayhawk West title. For the week Barnes averaged 31.5 points and 11 rebounds to help push her Lady Saints to 25-2 on the season. Barnes and her Seward teammates will take on Dodge City Saturday night for “Think Pink” and Homecoming nights in the Greenhouse at 6:00.