The Seward County Community College women's basketball team defeated Highland Community College 106-58, in the No. 8 Lady Saints (9-0 overall) opening game at the Jayhawk Shootout in Coffeyville, Kan. Seward County was led by sophomore guard, Taushelle Rushing, who scored a career-high 31 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the field, 4-of-6 shooting from three-point range and 7-of-8 shooting from the free-throw line. Rushing also collected a career-high nine steals in the Lady Saints blowout over the Lady Scotties in the 9 a.m. game at Nellis East Gymnasium at Coffeyville Community College.

Seward County had trouble finding an opponent to play for their first game in the Shootout. The Lady Saints traveled over five hours on Friday to play their originally scheduled first game against Labette Community College at 9 p.m. Friday night. Seward County learned halfway into their trip that Labette would not be coming to Coffeyville (45 minute trip from Parsons, Kan.) due to poor road conditions. Lady Saints head coach Toby Wynn later found out Friday evening that Northeastern Oklahoma A&M also decided not to come to Coffeyville, allowing the Lady Saints to fill the vacancy in the schedule Saturday morning against Highland C.C. at 9 a.m.

Without time for either Highland or SCCC to prepare for each other, the two teams took the floor Saturday morning with Seward County shining with a team 54 percent shooting percentage from the field (38-for-70).

With the Lady Saints leading 17-11 early in the first-half, Seward County proceeded to go on a 12-0 run to improve their lead to 31-11. After a Highland three-point field goal, the Lady Saints put together an impressive 14-2 run. In Seward County’s dominating period during the first-half, Tegan Cunningham posted nine points and Chelsea Blackshear scored six points.

Blackshear had her finest day as a Lady Saint scoring a career-high 21 points and hitting a career-high 5 three-point field goals. Blackshear is leading the Lady Saints this season with 21 three-point field goals and 43 assists. In addition, Blackshear tied her career-high mark with eight assists.

Freshman post player Jennifer Noel posted a career-high 21 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the floor and tied her career-high for rebounds with nine.

The Lady Saints will play their final game of the Jayhawk Shootout on Sun. Dec. 3 against Fort Scott Community College at 9 a.m.