The Seward County Community College women’s basketball team put on a defensive clinic in the second-half during their 88-36 blowout against Pratt Community College on Wednesday night at the Green House. Seward County trailed Pratt 20-25 with 6:45 remaining in the first-half. The Lady Saints finished the half on a 17-2 run and completed the final 26 minutes and 45 seconds of the game on a 68-11 romp over the Lady Beavers. Jayhawk West first-place Seward County also learned they moved up to No. 2 in the final regular season NJCAA Top 25 poll that was released this afternoon. The Lady Saints improve to 28-1 overall and to 14-1 in the Jayhawk West. Seventh-place Pratt falls to 5-24 overall and to 2-13 in conference competition.

In Seward County’s late first-half run, Tegan Cunningham led the way with 10 points on five straight SCCC possessions. Freshman Chontaye Walter also had a strong first-half with 13 points and six assists. Seward County finished the first-half with a 37-27 lead at halftime.

The second-half was a period that Seward County controlled from when the referee blew the whistle to start the 20 minute half. The Lady Saints jumped out to a 21-0 run before Pratt scored their first points after halftime, with 11:21 remaining in the game.

Seward County then went on a 22-4 run to finish the game. In the second-half, Seward County outscored Pratt 51-9, while shooting 47 percent from the field and forcing 23 turnovers. Pratt shot 4-of-24 from the field (17 percent) in the second-half to drop their 13th conference game this season.

Walter led all players with 25 points and tallied six assists, six steals and five rebounds. The defensive standout for Seward County was sophomore guard Taushelle Rushing, who posted her second career double-double with 15 points and a career-high 13 steals. Rushing is now 18 steals away from breaking Kim Ortega’s all-time single-season record of 182 steals (2001-02). It was Rushing’s 15th game this season with more than six steals.

Cunningham posted her 14th double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Freshman Jennifer Noel scored 14 points with seven rebounds and Audra Binford recorded 11 points with eight rebounds.

The Lady Beavers were led by Ashley Scroggins (eight points and 13 rebounds) and Nyse Pinks (nine points and two assists).

Seward County will play their final regular season game on Saturday, Mar. 3, against Colby Community College at 6 p.m. on sophomore recognition night at the Green House.