For the second time this season the Seward County Community College women’s basketball team held Hutchinson Community College to their lowest point total of the season. Wednesday night was not only the lowest point total for HCC this year, it was their second lowest point total in the history of their women’s basketball program. The No. 3 Lady Saints defeated Hutchinson 37-24, and allowed the Lady Blue Dragons only six field goals in SCCC’s 24th consecutive victory this season, on Wednesday night at the Hutchinson Sports Arena. The Lady Saints improve to 24-0 overall and to 10-0 in the Jayhawk West Conference. Hutchinson falls to 16-7 overall and 4-5 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

It was the lowest point total for any Hutchinson women’s basketball team since the programs first-ever game (Cloud County 50, Hutchinson 17) on Dec. 11, 1974, at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.

In their first meeting this season, Seward held HCC scoreless for the opening eight minutes and 55 seconds. It was déjà vu for Hutchinson going scoreless again until the 11:40 mark in the first-half, as Seward County led 11-0. The Lady Saints were tough defensively holding Hutchinson to only 10 first-half points, taking an 18-10 halftime lead.

The second-half went about the same for Hutch, as they were held to only three points in the second-half until the 4:32 mark. Hutchinson made three field goals in each half (6-for-45) and were held to 13 percent shooting from the field. SCCC blanked the Lady Dragons from long range as Hutchinson was 0-for-20 from behind the 3-point arc.

SCCC freshman Tegan Cunningham scored a game-high 15 points (12 points in the first-half) and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Cunningham has now scored in double-figures in 23 games this season. The Lady Saints were also led by Chontaye Walter (eight points and six rebounds) and Taushelle Rushing (five points and four steals).

The Lady Saints defense put up season-bests for points allowed (24), field goals (6), field goal percentage (13 percent), and tied for season-best in 3-point field goals allowed (0) and three-point accuracy allowed (.000). It was also the Lady Saints lowest scoring effort of the season.

Seward County only shot 28 percent from the field (14-for-50), but was led by their defense who forced 26 Lady Blue Dragon turnovers. The Lady Blue Dragons scored half of their points from the free throw line shooting 12-of-19 from the charity stripe.

The Lady Saints will take the weekend off before returning to action next Wednesday, Feb. 14, against the Barton County Community College Lady Cougars for a 6 p.m. Jayhawk West Conference tip-off at the Green House.