The Seward County Community College women’s basketball team will open its season Friday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. hosting Odessa College at the Green House, for the start of the Pepsi Classic in Liberal. It will be a rematch of the 2007 NJCAA National Tournament Final Four game between Seward County Community College and Odessa College in both teams’ first game of the 2007-2008 regular season. Odessa finished last season as the NJCAA National Champions, and this year Seward County begins the season ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA Pre-Season poll. The most obvious difference with these two teams from a year ago will be that 11 of the 16 players who played in that national tournament semifinal game will not be in uniform for either team.

Seward County will also be in action on Saturday, Nov. 3 hosting Carl Albert State College for a 6 p.m. tip-off for their final game of the Pepsi Classic.

The Lady Saints will have a clear advantage over Odessa when it comes to experience with returning First Team NJCAA and WBCA All-American Tegan Cunningham, who is back for the Lady Saints this season. Cunningham scored 24 points and pulled down eight rebounds when the two programs faced each other for the right to advance to the national championship game.

Odessa has more than a new look this season, they have almost an entirely new team. The Lady Wranglers have a new head coach and assistant coach, 13 newcomers and just two players who return from last season. Out of the two returners, only sophomore Trivonne Senegal (6-foot-4) played against Seward in the national tournament, recording just two minutes of playing time in the semifinal contest.

Two of Odessa’s five sophomore transfers played their freshman seasons at Dodge City Community College, as Wakesha Searight (4.6 ppg. at DCCC) and Whitney Goard (4.5 ppg. at DCCC) have made the transition to the Lone Star state.

Carl Albert State College is also going to test a new line-up with 12 newcomers and just one returning sophomore. Jolea Apon is the only sophomore back for the Lady Vikings, and she will be a main contributor again this season after averaging 11 points per game and making 68 three-point field goals as a freshman. Carl Albert’s roster features only two players over six-feet tall and nobody that is shorter than 5-foot-7.

Friday, November 2
2 p.m. – Carl Albert State College vs. Garden City C.C.
6 p.m. – Odessa College vs. No. 1 Seward County C.C.
Saturday, November 3
2 p.m. – Garden City C.C. vs. Odessa College
6 p.m. – Carl Albert State College vs. No. 1 Seward County C.C.