The Seward County Community College women's basketball team received a No. 7 ranking in the National Junior College Athletic Association Top 25 poll that was released today. This weeks poll is the third consecutive week during the regular-season SCCC has received a national ranking. Seward has collected rankings this season at No. 11 (Nov. 22), No. 8 (Nov. 26) and now moving up to No. 7 in the nation. Seward County capped off a stellar week with two victories at the Jayhawk Shootout in Coffeyville, Kan., against Highland Community College (106-58) and Fort Scott Community College (97-65). The Lady Saints basketball program also has posted 39 consecutive non-conference wins, dating back to the end of the 2003-2004 non-conference schedule.

The Seward County women’s basketball program has been a mainstay in the NJCAA Top 25 poll over the last 15 years. SCCC has received a Top 25 ranking every season since 1992-1993, and over that time span the Lady Saints program has an overall record of 439-52 (.894 winning percentage).

The No. 7 Lady Saints are led this season by a talented and deep roster that features seven players who average nine or more points per game. Freshman Tegan Cunningham is leading the team in scoring averaging 16.5 points per game. Cunningham is also one of the Lady Saints top rebounders averaging 9.4 boards per contest.

Sophomore guard Chelsea Blackshear is having an exceptional year at the shooting guard position. Blackshear has connected on 21 three-point field goals (8th in Region VI) and has dished out 46 assists (3rd in Region VI). In addition, Blackshear is averaging 11 points per game. Sophomore center Ilda Chambe has made her presence felt in the paint this season averaging a double-double with 12.6 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.

Sophomore guard Taushelle Rushing is averaging 15 points, 2.9 rebounds and is leading the Region VI averaging 5.3 steals per game. Freshmen Jennifer Noel (.676 field goal percentage and 9.2 ppg.), Chontaye Walter (9.7 ppg. and 4.7 apg.) and Audra Binford (9.8 ppg. and 15 three-pointers) have also been contributors for SCCC this season.

The latest Top 10 teams in the NJCAA Top 25 Poll:
1.) Cloud County C.C. (10-0), 2.) Southeastern Illinois College (9-1), 3.) South Plains College (11-0), 4.) Gulf Coast C.C. (8-1), 5.) Central Arizona College (8-1), 6.) Monroe C.C. (4-1), 7.) Seward County C.C. (10-0), 8.) Chipola College (9-2), 9.) Odessa College (9-2), 10.) Western Nebraska C.C. (11-0).