The National Junior College Athletic Association announced today that the Seward County Community College women’s basketball team has moved up two spots in the NJCAA Top 25 poll to No. 5 in the nation. Seward County was ranked No. 7 in the previous poll on Dec. 13. After completing a perfect non-conference schedule and posting a 2-0 record in Jayhawk West Conference play the Lady Saints continue to climb in the national poll. Seward County joins three other women’s basketball programs (No. 1 Cloud County, No. 3 South Plains and No. 9 Western Nebraska) as the only undefeated teams in the nation.

Since the last poll, the Lady Saints defeated San Bernardino College (80-45) and College of the Desert (131-54) in the Palm Springs Classic. SCCC has collected conference victories over Dodge City C.C. (103-60) on the road, and Hutchinson C.C. (54-37) in the Green House.

The Seward County team success this season is showing up in the national rankings and also in the national statistics. This season, Seward County is ranked fifth in team offense (87.9 ppg.), seventh in free-throw shooting (.699), seventh in field goal percentage (.478), 12th in team defense (52.9 ppg. allowed) and 17th in three-point field goal shooting (.365).

Seward County also has five players who are in the Top 25 in the nation in individual statistical categories. Sophomore Taushelle Rushing leads the country in steals per game, with 88 steals in 15 games played (5.9 spg.). Freshman Chontaye Walter is ranked 16th in the nation in free-throw shooting (.838) and 24th in the nation in assists per game (5.2 apg.). Freshman post player Jennifer Noel is ranked 11th in field goal percentage (.636), sophomore Alyson Snell is 15th in free-throw percentage (.842) and freshman Holly Krause is 18th in the nation in field goal percentage (.611).

The top four teams in the nation stayed the same from the previous poll, they include: No. 1 Cloud County C.C. (13-0), No. 2 Southeastern Illinois College (13-1), No. 3 South Plains College (16-0) and No. 4 Gulf Coast C.C. (13-1).

No. 22 Coffeyville Community College (13-2) was the only other NJCAA Region VI school to be ranked in this weeks Top 25 poll.