The No. 1 nationally-ranked Seward County Community College women’s basketball team was defeated 71-68 by No. 22 Coffeyville Community College on Friday afternoon at the Barton County Classic in Great Bend, Kan. It was a rematch of the Region VI Tournament championship game a year ago, but this time it was the Lady Red Ravens who claimed the victory. The loss snaps Seward County’s 45 game non-conference winning streak. The last non-conference loss for the Lady Saints’ program came against College of Eastern Utah, 79-71, on December 29, 2003 in Las Vegas. Seward County falls to 2-1 overall this season and Coffeyville improves to 2-1 overall.

The Lady Saints started out slow offensively shooting 38 percent from the field (12-for-32) in the first-half. After knocking down two field goals and converting on a three-point play, Coffeyville grabbed their largest lead, 26-15, with 5:50 left to play in the first period.

Seward County didn’t lay down as they finished the half on a 14-6 run, which included eight points from Seward County sophomore All-American Tegan Cunningham.

Cunningham did her part to keep the Lady Saints close in the first-half scoring 17 points with six rebounds. Sophomore Haley Rogers sparked the Lady Saints late in the half with four points in the final minute of play.

In the second-half, Seward County posted a 33-32 lead following a Rogers lay-up, and then jumped ahead 35-32 on sophomore Audra Binford’s short jump shot. That was the final lead for the Lady Saints as Coffeyville shot 6-for-7 from three-point range in the final 15 minutes of the game. The score was tied on four occasions in the second-half, but Coffeyville controlled the lead after forcing Seward County into 22 turnovers, despite being out-rebounded by the Lady Saints 44-38.

Coffeyville shot 44 percent during the game (28-for-64), but was hot in the second-half hitting 60 percent of their shots from the floor with a 15-for-25 shooting effort.

Cunningham finished the game leading all players with 29 points, nine rebounds, two steals and two assists. She shot 11-of-26 from the field, a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe and was 1-of-3 from long range. Rogers scored nine points with eight rebounds and Stephani Rhoten posted eight points with a career-best 10 assists. Sophomore Jennifer Noel scored five points with a team-high 10 rebounds.

Coffeyville was paced in the second-half by Syeeda Echols, who scored all of her 14 points including 4-of-6 from three-point range.

Seward County will continue play at the Barton County Classic on Saturday facing Eastern Oklahoma State College at 2 p.m. at the Barton County Gym in Great Bend.