The Seward County Community College women’s basketball team won on the road against Colby Community College for the first time since the 2003-2004 season. The No. 3 nationally-ranked Lady Saints defeated Colby 70-61, with only seven players available to play on Wednesday night, at the Colby Community Building in Colby, Kan. Seward County used an early 18-0 run in the first-half to give them space from the hot shooting Colby Lady Trojans, who made 11 three-point field goals on their home court. First place Seward County improves to 22-0 overall this season and 8-0 in the Jayhawk West Conference. Colby, the fifth-place team in the conference falls to 7-15 overall and 3-5 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

Seward County trailed Colby 14-15 after the opening six minutes of competition. Seward County then received scoring from Holly Krause (three points), Chontaye Walter (five points), Jennifer Noel (four points), Tegan Cunningham (four points) and Taushelle Rushing (two points) during their 18-0 run, while shutting down Colby to take a 37-23 halftime lead.

Seward County shot 46 percent from the field (16-for-35) in the first-half and forced 13 Colby turnovers. The Lady Trojans made it no secret how they planned to win the game posting 14 attempted shots from three-point range (4-for-14) in the opening half.

In the second half, Seward County looked like they were going to run away with the game in a blowout fashion. The Lady Saints jumped out to their biggest lead at 46-28, after back-to-back possessions with three-point buckets from Walter and Audra Binford.

Colby cut Seward County’s lead to 65-59, with just under two minutes remaining in the game. The Lady Trojans hit seven second-half three-point buckets, and made 11 for the game, marking the most three-point field goals against the Lady Saints this season.

Seward County received free-throws from Walter and Cunningham down the stretch to win the game by nine-points, the closest margin of victory for the Lady Saints this season.

Noel led the Lady Saints with a game-high 18 points and chipped in eight rebounds. Cunningham scored in double-figures for the 21st time this season, and notched her ninth career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Walter added 13 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.

The Lady Trojans were led by Jacci Tinkel (19 points, five three-pointers) and Sandra Sormaz (16 points, four three-pointers).

Lady Saints sophomore guard Taushelle Rushing moved into fourth-place all-time in Seward County history for single-season steals with six steals on Wednesday night, giving her 114 this season. Rushing moved past Deolinda Ngulela, who recorded 112 steals in 38 games played in 2004-2005. Rushing will now be chasing Candi White’s 121 steals that she posted in 1999-2000.
The top two single-season steals marks are held by former two-time NJCAA First Team All-American and current Lady Saints Assistant Coach Kim Ortega-Davis, who totaled 142 steals during her freshman season (00-01) and the all-time record, 182 steals in 2001-2002.

Undefeated Seward County will host Dodge City Community College for homecoming at SCCC, on Sat. Feb. 3 at the Green House for a 6 p.m. Jayhawk West Conference tip-off.