The Seward County Community College women’s basketball team will host the Pizza Hut Classic Dec. 7-8, at the Green House in Liberal. This season the Lady Saints (6-4) have taken on an unparalleled schedule that has included six nationally ranked opponents. Following back-to-back losses at the Jayhawk Shootout last weekend, the Lady Saints will look to bounce back against No. 22 Northeastern Colorado Junior College on Friday night at 6 p.m. The two powerhouse programs have already faced off this season when SCCC defeated the then-No. 9 ranked Lady Plainsmen, 63-55, at the Garden City Classic. On Saturday night, the Lady Saints will host Labette Community College (8-2) at 6 p.m. Labette enters the Green House on a five-game winning streak.

Seward County suffered its first loss at the Jayhawk Shootout in over nine years last weekend. Johnson County, the No. 3 ranked team in the NJCAA D-II, gave SCCC its first loss with a 79-67 decision last Friday evening. The Lady Saints weekend never improved with Independence Community College handing SCCC its second straight loss (54-53) on Saturday afternoon.

Lady Saints’ sophomore Tegan Cunningham continued her National Player of the Year caliber season averaging 29 points and 11.5 rebounds per game in the two contests. Cunningham has now scored over 20 points on 18 occasions in her career and has posted three 30 plus scoring games.

The first time Seward County battled Northeastern Colorado this season the Lady Saints gave the Lady Plainsmen their only loss this season. The two teams were tied 27-27 at halftime, before SCCC outscored Northeastern Colorado 36-28 in the second half. Seward held NJC to 28 percent shooting in the second period.

Northeastern Colorado is now 11-1 this season and has posted three straight victories since their last meeting with Seward County. Leading the way this season has been Sarah Conner (14.0 ppg., 5.2 apg.) and Jennifer Garner (10.9 ppg., 4.1 rpg.). Despite allowing 63 points earlier this season to SCCC, Northeastern is currently 14th in the nation in team defense allowing opponents only 54.1 points per game. The Lady Saints are a perfect 6-0 against NJC the last four seasons.

Labette is coming off back-to-back victories last weekend at the Jayhawk Shootout against Garden City Community College (84-62) and Hutchinson Community College (62-36). During their current five-game winning streak, the Lady Cardinals are allowing just 52.8 points per game.

Labette is led by sophomore transfer Dana Olsen who is one of the top players in the Region VI. Olsen, who averages 23.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, transferred to Labette after playing her freshman season at Southern Illinois University where she started in 32 games and was named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Freshman Team. In addition, Olsen is currently leading the Region VI and is second in the nation in scoring.

The Lady Cardinals are also led by Brittany Brown (13.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg.) and Saysan Jones (10.9 ppg., 5.1 rpg.). Labette’s only losses this season have come on the road at Hutchinson C.C. (64-80) and at Frank Phillips College (63-69).

PIZZA HUT CLASSIC SCHEDULE (WOMEN’S BASKETBALL):
Friday, December 7
2:00 p.m. Labette C.C. vs. Dodge City C.C.
6:00 p.m. No. 22 Northeastern Colorado J.C. vs. Seward County C.C.
Saturday, December 8
2:00 p.m. Dodge City C.C. vs. Northeastern Colorado J.C.
6:00 p.m. Labette C.C. vs. Seward County C.C.