The Seward County Community College women’s basketball team is preparing for the Jayhawk Shootout this weekend in Coffeyville, Kan. The No. 12 Lady Saints (6-2) will play on Friday, Nov. 30 at 9 p.m. against No. 3 (D-II) Johnson County Community College (5-1) and on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. against Independence Community College (6-4). SCCC is coming off back-to-back victories over two top 10 nationally-ranked opponents, defeating previous No. 9 Northeastern Colorado (63-55) and previous No. 6 Midland College (73-65) last weekend at the Garden City Classic.

The Lady Saints hold several records at the Jayhawk Shootout, which is one of the most highly recruited and largest junior college venues in the nation (20 games in three days). Seward County enters this year’s Shootout with all-time records of most points scored (3,216, 76.6 ppg.), most points scored in two games, (203 points, twice), most points scored in one game (119-47, vs. Labette in 2000), most victories (32) and best winning percentage (32-10 record, .762).

Dating back to 2000-01, Seward County is a perfect 14-0 at the Shootout, and has posted an average margin of victory of 33.4 points per game.

Seward County will play its third straight nationally-ranked top 10 opponent to start the Jayhawk Shootout against NJCAA (D-II) No. 3 Johnson County C.C. The last time these two programs competed in Coffeyville, the Lady Saints posted a 25 point victory (84-59) on Dec. 3, 2000.

The Lady Cavaliers have started the season with victories over Crowder College (72-53), Hesston College (81-56), Penn Valley (84-74), Marathon County (97-51) and Jones County (82-81), while only suffering one loss to State Fair (52-63) in their second game of the season. Johnson County is a strong program that has averaged 21 wins per year during the last five seasons.

Johnson County ranks second in the Region VI in three-point field goals per game (8.17) and is led on the perimeter by sophomore guards Bethany Schwab (11.2 ppg., 22 three-pointers) and Britteny Slifer (7.8 ppg., 11 three-pointers). Schwab is currently leading the Region VI in 3-point field goals per game (3.5). The top player for the Lady Cavs this season has been sophomore Meghan Waggoner, who is averaging a team-high 18.7 ppg. and is shooting a team-best .526 from the floor. In addition, Johnson County currently ranks second in the Region VI and third in the nation (D-II) in team free throw percentage (.731).

The last time Seward played Independence at the Shootout they defeated the Lady Pirates 70-45, on Dec. 8, 2002. ICC is outscoring their opponents by 12.5 points per game this season and they have five players who are averaging at least nine points per game.

The Lady Pirates have played a difficult non-conference schedule with all of their losses coming against four opponents who have a combined 36-3 overall record. Independence has been defeated by Hutchinson C.C. (42-50), Cloud County C.C. (58-72), Connors State College (61-76) and No. 4 University of Arkansas Fort Smith (55-84).

Independence leads the Region VI in steals per game (15.4) and are led by Ashley Gladden (12.4 ppg., 5.6 rpg.), Chelsea Trimble (10.1 ppg., 3.4 apg., 13 three-pointers), Becca Holman (9.1 ppg., 14 three-pointers) and Jolene Tamboue (9.0 ppg., 7.1 rpg.).