The Seward County Community College womenís basketball team was handed their first loss of the season by Barton County Community College 69-66, on Wednesday night at the Green House. Seward County freshman Tegan Cunningham had a career night in the losing effort recording 36 points and 17 rebounds, both career-highs for the 6-foot-1-inch forward. The Lady Saints battled back from a 14 point deficit in the first-half (23-9), to lead by as many as nine points in the second-half (60-51). The No. 3 nationally-ranked Lady Saints had only seven players in uniform for the fifth consecutive game, while suffering their first loss of the 2006-07 season. Seward County is now 24-1 overall and 10-1 in the Jayhawk West, while Barton County improves to 23-3 overall and 11-1 in conference play.

Barton County has now defeated two straight NJCAA Top 5 teams in the nation on the road after defeating then No. 5 Cloud County by 18 points last Saturday, and now knocking off the Lady Saints at the Green House. It was the first victory for Barton County at the Green House since 1992, snapping a 14 game losing streak in Liberal.

It was all Barton County early in the contest as the Lady Cougars led 23-9, after the opening 12 minutes and 15 seconds of regulation. The Lady Saints came roaring back on an 11-0 run, and would then take their first lead of the game 29-28, with 1:09 left in the first-half. Seward County took a 32-30 lead into halftime, after being brought back into the game by Cunningham who tallied 20 points and seven rebounds after the first-half.

Cunningham was the story of the game for Seward County, scoring 36 points on 15-of-25 from the field, 6-of-6 from the free throw line, and grabbing 17 rebounds and two steals. Cunningham enters the Lady Saints record books tied for fifth place all-time for most points scored in a single-game. Her 17 boards ties her for sixth place all-time for rebounds in a single-game.

In the second-half the game continued as a back-and-forth battle with a total of seven ties and seven lead changes throughout the game. Seward County was in the lead for the majority of the second period eventually leading by as many as nine points (60-51) with 5:11 remaining in the game. Cunningham once again helped push Sewardís lead to nine with 12 points in the opening 14 minutes of the second frame.

Barton County would then use the next four minutes to execute a 16-2 run, while being sparked by reserve guard Jessica Halsigís two 3-point baskets. Halsig hit her first three-pointer to tie the game at 62-62 with 2:22 left to play. Bartonís next possession she hit her second 3-point shot, which was a long range bucket that gave Barton County the lead 65-62 with 1:53 remaining to play.

Seward County would never regain the lead, although two late field goals by Cunningham and Taushelle Rushing cut the Barton County lead to just one (67-66), before LaToya Jackson made three free-throws down the stretch to win the game for BCCC.

Seward County had the edge shooting the basketball with a 42 percent effort, compared to Barton County who shot 33 percent from the field. The Lady Saints were unable to connect from three-point range shooting 0-for-11 from downtown, the first time this season the Lady Saints have not made a three-point shot.

The Lady Saints were out-rebounded 48-36, but were kept alive for the entire game shooting 86 percent from the free throw line (18-for-21).

Barton County was led by Ipek Turkyilmaz who was 4-for-8 from three-point range en route to a team-high 16 points. LaToya Jackson (12 points) and Inga Muciniece (12 points) also led Barton County in scoring. Seward County was also led by Rushing (13 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals) and Chontaye Walter (seven points and five assists).

Seward County will finish their conference road schedule with three straight road games starting on Saturday, Feb. 17, at Butler Community College. The No. 3 Lady Saints and Lady Grizzlies are schedule for a 6 p.m. Jayhawk West Conference tip-off at the Power Plant in El Dorado.