The Seward County Community College womenís basketball team defeated Neosho County Community College 98-37, in the NJCAA Region VI First Round Playoff game on Wednesday night at the Green House in Liberal. Seward County, the Region VI Tournament No. 1 seed was led by five double-figure scorers as they had no trouble with the tournamentís No. 16 seed Neosho County. Seward County sophomore Taushelle Rushing also had a special evening breaking the Lady Saints all-time single-season record for steals with 183. Seward County will advance to the Region VI Tournament Quarterfinals where they will play No. 8 seed Labette Community College at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 10 at Charles Koch Arena in Wichita. Seward County improves to 30-1 overall and Neosho County completes their season with a 4-27 overall record.

Seward County played strong throughout the entire 40 minutes of the first round contest and jumped out to a 14-0 lead, at the 15:15 mark of the first-half. The Lady Panthers struggled to break the defensive pressure applied by SCCC and recorded only eight points after the opening 16 minutes of competition. Seward County led 46-8 after going on a 23-2 run during a six minute stretch in the first-half.

The Lady Saints played a complete game in the first-half shooting 60 percent from the floor (21-for-35), 54 percent from 3-point range (7-for-13) and 86 percent from the free throw line (6-for-7). SCCC led the Lady Panthers 55-17 at halftime.

Rushing now owns the all-time single-season record for steals after posting nine steals with 20 points and eight rebounds. Seward County freshman Chontaye Walter scored a game-high 24 points and a remarkable 11-of-12 shooting from the floor and also recording eight assists.

Seward County freshman Tegan Cunningham, the Jayhawk West Most Valuable Player and Conference Freshman of the Year also had a strong game scoring 23 points with nine rebounds and four steals. Cunningham has now recorded nine 20 point scoring games this season, including four during her last seven games played.

The Lady Saints continued to cause problems for Neosho County who committed 28 turnovers and shot only 20 percent from the field (12-for-61) in the game. Seward County was also led by Chelsea Blackshear, who shot 5-for-9 from long range while scoring 19 points with five assists, and by Jennifer Noel who tallied 10 points with nine rebounds.

Seward County advances to play Labette Community College (16-13), who defeated Colby C.C. 75-63 on Wednesday night in Parsons, Kan. The Lady Saints and Lady Cardinals will have a rematch from last yearís Region VI Tournament quarterfinals where Labette ended the Lady Saints season 62-60. The two teams were scheduled to play earlier this season at the Jayhawk Shootout in Coffeyville, Kan., but Labette did not make the 45 minute trip to play the Lady Saints due to inclement weather.