The Seward County Community College womenís basketball team improved their non-conference winning streak to 40 games on Friday evening, with a 74-51 victory over Northeastern Colorado Junior College at the Green House. The No. 7 ranked Lady Saints opened competition at home in the Pizza Hut Classic against the Plainswomen, who have now lost twice to SCCC this season. The Lady Saints used a total team effort while improving their perfect season to 11-0 overall. Northeastern Colorado falls to 10-3 overall this season with the loss.

Seward County defeated N.E. Colorado by 26 points (82-56) earlier this year in Sterling, Colo. This time around the result was the same, and the method for the Lady Saints was similar by using their pressure defense to cause 36 Plainswomen turnovers. Northeastern Colorado couldnít slow down the Seward County offense as SCCC shot 46 percent from the floor in the first-half (10-for-28) and took a 40-25 lead into halftime.

SCCC held a single-digit lead for most of the first half before the Lady Saints stretched their lead to 15 points with two minutes remaining in the first period.

Seward County second year head coach Toby Wynn saw his teams lead extend to 33 points in the second half (70-37) as they put away the Lady Plainswomen with six Lady Saints scoring at least eight points.

Leading SCCC in scoring was Ilda Chambe, who scored 15 points and tallied four steals and three rebounds. Other leading scorers for the Lady Saints included Tegan Cunningham (10 points and nine rebounds), Chelsea Blackshear (10 points, two assists and two steals) and Alyson Snell (10 points, three assists and two steals). Sophomore guard Taushelle Rushing equaled her career-high in steals with nine, and also posted five points, three rebounds and two assists.

Northeastern Colorado was led by their two top players this season, Daria Basova (14 points and 11 rebounds) and Sarah Conner (14 points and three steals).

The Lady Saints will play their final home non-conference game of the season on Saturday night against Hastings College J.V., who stunned Dodge City Community College on Friday afternoon, 62-49. The junior varsity program from Nebraska caused 30 Dodge City turnovers and held DCCC to 38 percent shooting from the field and 10 percent shooting from long range.

Seward County and Hastings J.V. will tip-off at 6 p.m. on Saturday night at the Green House. Saturday night is also Chelsea Blackshear Night at the Green House, where the first 100 fans who enter through the east gate starting at 5:15 p.m. will receive a FREE color poster of Blackshear. Fans who receive posters will have an opportunity to receive an autograph from Blackshear during halftime of the SCCC menís basketball game tomorrow night.