Sophomore All-American Tegan Cunningham made two free throws with less than a second remaining (:00.7) to give the Seward County Community College womenís basketball team a 68-67 upset victory over No. 3 Barton County Community College on Saturday night at the Green House. Cunningham, who scored 23 of her 27 points in the second half, led the Lady Saints to the victory by scoring the last six points for Seward in the final 1:20 of regulation. Barton County drops its second straight game after starting the season with a perfect 16-0 record. Seward County improves to 11-6 overall and to 2-1 in the Jayhawk West. Barton County falls to 16-2 overall and to 2-2 in league play.

Just a year ago, Barton County snapped a 14-year losing streak at the Green House with a 69-66 victory over the then-undefeated Lady Saints. The victory a year ago marked the last home loss for the Lady Saints in conference play.

This seasonís match-up was a thriller from the start with 18 lead changes and neither team leading by more than six points. Seward County began the game with the hot hand from outside as sophomore Audra Binford knocked down two 3-pointers to give the Lady Saints a 12-8 lead in the opening four minutes.

The Lady Cougars came fighting back with their largest lead in the period, 30-24, after point guard Courtney Sturdivant made a field goal with 1:14 left in the first half.

Lady Saintsí freshman point guard Stephani Rhoten made her only three-point bucket of the game just before halftime, as Barton County led 30-27 heading into intermission. The first half was a defensive battle with both teams shooting below 34 percent from the field and below 18 percent from 3-point territory. Lady Cougarsí post Inga Muciniece led the charge for Barton in the first period with 10 points and eight rebounds.

Late in the second half with :20.6 left to play, Cunningham made a shot in the paint and was fouled on the play. In her attempt to complete the old fashion 3-point-play, Cunningham missed the free throw but then grabbed the offensive rebound and made a another shot underneath to give Seward County the one point advantage with :14.9 left to play.

Barton County countered with a go-ahead field goal on a 10-foot jumper by Kristine Silaraja (nine points, eight rebounds) with six seconds remaining.

With SCCC inbounding the ball under the Barton County hoop, Cunningham received the pass and was fouled after crossing half court by Silaraja with :00.7 left on the clock to shoot the 1-and-1 free throw opportunity.

Cunningham finished the game making both foul shots to give the Lady Saints the upset victory and their second conference win of the season. It was the third straight 20-plus scoring game for Cunningham, and the 22nd of her career. She also led the Lady Saints in scoring for the 14th time this season.

Seward County received impressive performances from several players, including sophomore Jennifer Noel (seven points, career-high 14 rebounds) and freshman Amanda Pierson (nine points, four rebounds, career-high five blocked shots). Rhoten finished with 11 points, eight assists, a career-high six rebounds, and just one turnover while playing in all 40 minutes of the game.

Barton County was led by Muciniece, who recorded her 24th career double-double (18 points, 13 rebounds), Sturdivant (20 points, five assists, five rebounds) and Ipek Turkyilmaz (14 points, five rebounds).

The Lady Saints will begin a three-game road trip on Wednesday, Jan. 16, traveling to play Butler Community College (5-11, 0-3) in El Dorado, Kan., at the Power Plant.