Seward County Community College women’s basketball players Taushelle Rushing and Chontaye Walter signed National Collegiate Athletic Association letters of intent on Thursday afternoon. Rushing signed with the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Walter signed with Oklahoma State University. Rushing and Walter held a press conference in the All-American room on the campus of SCCC to announce their official decisions on where they would continue their academics and basketball careers. Rushing signed with the Kangaroos who are located in Kansas City, Mo., and compete in the Mid-Continent Conference and Walter will join the Cowgirls who compete in the Big 12 Conference and are located in Stillwater, Okla. Both players sign with NCAA Division I programs, giving the Lady Saints basketball program a total of four players who have signed Division I and one player heading to a Division II program.

Rushing, a 5-foot-8-inch sophomore guard from Wynnewood, Okla., finished her two-year career at Seward County with the second most career steals (305) and the most single-season steals in Lady Saints history with 215 this year. Her season total led the nation and also broke the NJCAA Division I Region VI record for steals in a season. Rushing set the NJCAA record for steals in a single-game this season recording 13 steals in a home game against Pratt Community College (02/28/07).

In 2006-07, Rushing averaged 12.7 points, 5.8 steals, 4.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. She was named First Team Jayhawk West All-Conference, First Team NJCAA All-Region VI and Region VI All-Tournament Team. In the NJCAA National Tournament, she averaged eight points, 4.3 rebounds and was among tournament leaders with 13 steals in four games played.

Rushing signs with UMKC, a program that is now led by former SCCC Lady Saint, Candi White, who was officially named head coach on March 19. White was the interim head coach during the final 19 games of the season where the Kangaroos posted an 8-11 overall record and finished in a tie for fifth-place in the Mid-Continent Conference with a 6-8 record. White took control of a program that started the season just 3-10 in non-conference play. After being officially named head coach, White became the youngest head coach at the NCAA Division I level.

Walter, a 5-foot-8-inch freshman guard from Oklahoma City, Okla., made an impact in the Jayhawk Conference in only one season leading the Region VI in assist/turnover ration (3.57), second in assists (5.4 apg.) and fourth in steals (3.0 spg.). Walter’s assists total ranks her tied for fifth all-time in school history for single-season assists and her 106 steals rank her eighth all-time in the single-season record books.

Walter is the third freshman ever from SCCC to earn All-American honors as a freshman, being named a Kodak/WBCA Honorable Mention All-American. She was also named a Second Team Jayhawk West All-Conference selection, and was named to the Palm Springs Classic All-Tournament Team and to the Region VI All-Tournament Team. Walter helped lead the Lady Saints to the National Tournament averaging 21 points, five assists, five rebounds, three steals, shooting .744 from the field (29-for-39), .538 from 3-point range (7-for-13) and averaging 38.2 minutes played her game in four games at the Region VI Tournament. She finished her freshman season second on the team in scoring (14.2 ppg) and first on the team in assists per game (5.4).

Walter joins the OSU Cowgirl program that had the biggest turnaround in the NCAA this past season. Oklahoma State completed last season with a 20-11 overall record and 8-8 record in the Big 12 Conference. The previous year, OSU posted a 6-22 overall record (0-16 Big 12 Conference) during head coach Kurt Budke and associate head coach, and former Lady Saints head coach, Jim Littell’s first season in Stillwater. This season, OSU made their first appearance at the NCAA Tournament since 1996.

The Lady Saints basketball program has now developed 39 NCAA Division I basketball players since 1993.