A day following a victory over No. 22 Northeastern Colorado, the Seward County Community College womenís basketball team dropped its final home non-conference game of the season against Labette Community College, 70-60, on Saturday night in the Pizza Hut Classic at the Green House in Liberal. Labette sophomore Dana Olsen had a standout performance leading all players with 30 points and 11 rebounds. The Lady Cardinals out-scored Seward 41-29 in the second half, as the Lady Saints drop their fourth game to a Jayhawk East opponent this season. Seward County falls to 7-5 overall and the Lady Cardinals improve to a Eastern Division best 10-2 overall.

Olsen led Labette to a 19-6 lead, scoring 12 points during the opening 10 minutes of the first half. Later in the period, Seward County fought back going on a 20-4 run, which included two 3-point field goals from freshman Stephani Rhoten. Sophomore All-American Tegan Cunningham gave Seward its first lead since the 18:11 mark when she nailed a jump shot, giving the Lady Saints a 27-26 lead with 2:57 left in the first half.

The first half ended with Seward County leading 31-29, receiving the majority of their offensive production from Cunningham (10 points), Rhoten (10 points) and Taylor (seven points).

SCCC freshman Amanda Pierson and Cunningham each made field goals to open the second half, giving SCCC its largest lead (35-29) with 12 minutes remaining. Seward County held the lead until the final eight minutes of play when Olsen and the Cardinals took over while earning the road victory at the Green House.

Olsen scored 17 of her 30 points in the second half, and was impressive from the charity stripe hitting 14-of-17 shots for the game. Labette also used big efforts from Brittany Brown (21 points, seven rebounds) and Tercya Ferreira (13 points, three 3-pointers) in the win.

In her 50th career start in a Seward County uniform, Cunningham led the team scoring 21 points with seven rebounds. Rhoten tallied 14 points with five rebounds, five assists and three steals and Pierson notched her second career double figure scoring game with 10 points. In addition, Taylor posted a season-high nine points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field with two steals.

Seward County will use the next three weeks to prepare for their final non-conference games of the season which will be played in San Diego, Calif. The Lady Saints will begin play at the two-day San Diego Classic against University of Wisconsin-Waukesha on Friday, Dec. 28 at 6 p.m. The following day, the Lady Saints will play the winner/loser of Cuyamaca College/San Diego City College at a time to be determined later.

PIZZA HUT CLASSIC RESULTS:
In the other womenís basketball game on Saturday at the Green House, Northeastern Colorado bounced back after a loss to the Lady Saints on Friday night with a 67-38 victory over Dodge City C.C. The Lady Plainsmen forced 30 DCCC turnovers and was led by Jennifer Garnerís 26 points and 10 rebounds. Dodge City received scoring from every player in uniform with Keri Rausch (10 points) and April Weaver (11 points) leading the way in scoring. Northeastern Colorado improved to 12-2 overall and Dodge City fell to 4-9 this season.