The Seward County Community College women’s basketball team held Hutchinson Community College scoreless during the opening eight minutes and 55 seconds of the game, en route to their 54-37 Jayhawk West Conference victory Saturday night at the Green House in Liberal. Seward County jumped out early to a 14-0 lead, and played strong defense as the No. 7 ranked team in the country improved to 16-0 overall this season and 2-0 in the Jayhawk West Conference. Hutchinson falls to 12-3 overall and 0-1 in their Jayhawk West Conference opener.

The minutes kept ticking off the clock as Hutchinson remained scoreless until the 11:05 mark in the first-half, as Amanda Fessenden hit a bucket to make the score 14-2, in favor of Seward County. The Lady Saints continued to pressure Hutchinson to the tune of 14 first-half turnovers, as Seward County took a 27-15 lead going into halftime.

It was far from an offensive on-slaught from either team as both teams missed open shots and uncontested lay-ups. It was the Seward County defense that shined throughout the game as they held Hutchinson to 33 percent shooting from the field and forced a total of 25 turnovers, including 19 SCCC steals compared to only two steals by Hutchinson.

The Lady Blue Dragons entered the game with the No. 1 defense in the Region VI, allowing teams only 43.9 points per game. Seward County’s defense received the top performance as Taushelle Rushing (nine steals), Alyson Snell (four steals), and Chontaye Walter (two steals) all helped the Lady Saints to their 16th consecutive victory this season.

Lady Saint freshman Tegan Cunningham led Seward in scoring for the sixth time this season with 13 points and also led SCCC in rebounds with eight. Rushing posted 12 points and freshman guard, Audra Binford tallied eight points.

Hutchinson was led in scoring by Kariz Bioni (eight points) and Amanda Fessenden (eight points). It was the second lowest point total a team has scored against the Lady Saints this season, with the lowest total coming on Nov. 24 as Seward County defeated Williston State College 77-36, at the Garden City Classic in Garden City, Kan.

Seward County will not be in action until next Saturday, Jan. 13 as they travel to Barton County Community College (14-2, 2-0) to take on the Lady Cougars for a 6 p.m. tip-off, at the Barton County Gymnasium in Great Bend, Kan. The game will be broadcasted on KSCB radio by sports broadcaster Brock Kappelmann, and can be heard locally on 107.5 FM, or on the Internet by going to www.kscb.net and clicking on KSCB LIVE. Pre-game will begin on Saturday night at 5:45 p.m.