For the second consecutive day, the Seward County Community College women’s basketball team defeated a top 10 NJCAA nationally-ranked opponent by knocking off No. 6 Midland College, 73-65, on Saturday afternoon in the final day of the Garden City Community College Classic at the Perryman Center. On Friday afternoon, the Lady Saints defeated No. 9 Northeastern Colorado J.C. 63-55. SCCC sophomore Tegan Cunningham scored 27 points on 10-for-20 shooting from the field, and 6-of-8 at the free throw line and led all players with 12 rebounds to lead Seward County in the victory. The Lady Saints improve to 6-2 overall this season and the Midland Lady Chaps fall to 9-2 overall this season.

Lady Saints’ third year head coach Toby Wynn improves to 11-7 overall against nationally ranked opponents since taking over as head coach in 2005-2006. This season the Lady Saints have faced four nationally-ranked opponents (2-2 vs. opponents), and they also opened the season with a 12-point victory over defending NJCAA D-I national champion Odessa College.

Early in the game, Seward County went on a 9-0 run with four points from Cunningham, two points from freshman Amanda Pierson, and a three-point field goal from freshman LaNell Taylor, taking a 15-4 lead at the 12:44 mark.

Later in the half, the Lady Saints had back-to-back three-point buckets by freshman Karen Brown and sophomore Audra Binford, giving Seward a 23-6 advantage midway through the opening half. Cunningham and freshman Raegan Broadie led SCCC to its largest lead during the first half when Cunningham made a three-point bucket, Broadie scored a lay-up off a missed shot and Cunningham hit a jump shot to give the Lady Saints a 37-19 lead just minutes before halftime.

The Lady Saints shot 50 percent (15-for-30) from the field and held Midland to 33 percent shooting while taking a 37-23 lead at halftime. Cunningham shot 7-for-11 and led all players with 15 points at halftime. The Lady Saints posted a 17 point lead on three occasions during the opening period.

Midland cut the SCCC lead to four points going on a 19-9 run to start the second half, making the score 46-42 with 11:15 left in the game.

With the Lady Chaps trailing by just five points, and SCCC forward Kasia Gawor fouling out of the game, Seward County freshman guard Stephani Rhoten and sophomore post Haley Rogers stepped up big in the final seven minutes of the game combining for 15 of Seward County’s final 19 points. Rhoten scored nine points and Rogers chipped in six points with several key rebounds to guide Seward County in the eight-point victory.

Rhoten finished the game with 11 points with five assists, three steals and three rebounds. Rogers recorded six points, five rebounds and one assist, while Binford posted her 18th career double figure scoring game with 12 points, which included 2-of-6 from long range.

The Lady Saints will play at the Jayhawk Shootout in Coffeyville, Kan., Nov. 30-Dec. 1, against Johnson County Community College at 9 p.m. on Friday and against Independence Community College at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Nellis Hall East Gymnasium on the campus at Coffeyville C.C.