The Seward County Community College women’s basketball team defeated Colby Community College 100-63, on sophomore recognition night at the Green House Saturday evening. It was the final regular season game for sophomores Taushelle Rushing and Chelsea Blackshear at the Green House, as they both helped the No. 2 Lady Saints in their 37 point blowout victory. Seward County had five players score in double-figures and SCCC out-rebounded the Lady Trojans 45-33, in their last game before the start of the post-season. Seward County closes out the regular season with a 29-1 overall record and a 15-1 record to win the Jayhawk West Conference regular season championship. Colby finishes the regular season in fifth-place in Western Division play with an overall record of 10-20 and a 6-10 mark in the Jayhawk West.

Seward County never trailed in the game and started out the night on an 11-0 run before Colby scored their first basket at the 15:23 mark in the first-half. The Lady Saints led at halftime 51-34, as freshman Tegan Cunningham scored 17 points with 10 rebounds.. Seward County shot 50 percent from the field in the opening period and was 6-of-14 from long range.

The game was never in doubt as Colby committed 23 turnovers, compared to Seward County who posted only six. Seward County’s lead continued to grow in the second-half and would reach as high as 37 points on three separate occasions, including the final margin at the end of the game.

Seward County sophomore guard Taushelle Rushing posted her second consecutive double-double with 11 points and 10 steals. In her last four games played, Rushing is averaging 12.3 points, 10.3 steals, 4.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. Rushing has collected over 10 steals in three of her last four games.

Cunningham finished the night with 24 points and 16 rebounds. The 6-foot-1-inch Doncaster, Australia, native has turned in a Conference M.V.P. type season averaging 18.9 points, 10.1 rebounds and shooting 48 percent from the field and 77 percent from the free throw line during 16 conference games this season. In conference games, Cunningham ranks second in the Region VI in scoring and sixth in rebounding.

Lady Saints freshman point guard Chontaye Walter led all players with 28 points on 11-of-24 shooting from the floor and 5-of-10 shooting from three-point range. Walter also chipped in six assists, six rebounds and two steals. During conference play, Walter averaged 15.4 points, 5.4 assists, 3.0 steals and a remarkable 4.5 assist/turnover ratio.

No. 2 Seward County will now prepare for the NJCAA D-I Region VI Tournament that begins on Wednesday, Mar. 7, as they host Jayhawk East No. 8 seed Neosho County Community College (4-26, 0-18). Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Green House. A win would place Seward County into the quarterfinals on Saturday, Mar. 10, at 1 p.m. playing the winner of Colby vs. Labette at Koch Arena on the campus of Wichita State University.