For the fourth straight weekend, the No. 1 ranked Seward County Community College womenís basketball team will be taking on top notch competition with games against undefeated Northeastern Colorado Junior College (8-0) and No. 3 nationally-ranked Midland College (8-1) at the Garden City Classic, Nov. 23-24, at the Perryman Center in Garden City. Seward County (4-2) is coming off a 78-59 victory over Clarendon College last Saturday at the Wendyís Classic in Liberal. In both games last weekend, SCCC continued their rebounding dominance over their opponents with a 95-74 advantage. The Lady Saints have out-rebounded their opponents every game this season, and are averaging 47 rebounds per game.

Seward Countyís production from All-American Tegan Cunningham has been consistent once again this season. The 6-foot-1 Aussie is averaging a team-best 20.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Cunningham is already on the verge of breaking into the Seward County all-time career points scored top 10 list. Entering this weekend, Cunningham has recorded 810 points, just 26 points behind 10th place Cassie Cordell (2001-2003) on the all-time scoring list.

Lady Saintsí point guard Stephani Rhoten has continued her strong start to her freshman campaign ranking in the top 30 in the nation in six statistical categories including, 14th in total assists (37), 14th in assists per game (6.2), 16th in free throw shooting (.906, 29-for-32), 17th in free throws made (29), 21st in three-point field goals made (15) and 28th in scoring (17.7 ppg.).

On Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. the Lady Saints will take on Northeastern Colorado, who has started the season 8-0 overall. NJC is a common non-conference opponent to SCCC. Since 2004, the Lady Saints are 5-0 against the Lady Plainsmen. Northeastern Colorado has impressive victories this season over Northern Idaho (76-69), Western Wyoming (79-53) and Colby C.C. (80-50). Last season, Seward County defeated NJC 82-56 in Sterling, Colo., and 74-51 at the Green House.

Northeastern is averaging 85.9 points per game and they are limiting their opponents to just 53.9 points per contest. In addition, the Lady Plainsmen are led by sophomore Sarah Conner (12.7 ppg., 5.4 rpg., 5.0 apg., 3.7 spg.) and sophomore Jennifer Garner (11.4 ppg., .686 field goal percentage).

The Lady Saints will then tip-off against Midland College at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Midland began the season ranked No. 3 in the pre-season poll, following a 20-11 season in 2006-07. Despite a non-conference loss to defending NJCAA national runner-up Central Arizona College (83-87) on Nov. 9, the Lady Chaps have won big this season by an average of over 38 points per game.

Some of Midlandís signature wins have come over Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa (94-58), Salt Lake C.C. (66-44), San Jacinto College-North (99-44), and the Lady Chaps posted a 78-point victory in their third game of the season over Wayland Baptist J.V. (94-16).

Midlandís leading scorer this season has been Lyrell Barfield, who averages 14.7 points per game while shooting 50 percent from the field (53-for-106) and 35 percent from long range (17-for-49). Other key contributors for Midland include Dymond Morgan (8.7 ppg., 2.2 spg.), Heissy Robledo (9.2 ppg.7.6 rpg.) and Jessica Wallis (8.7 ppg., 2.3 rpg.).