Sophomore All-American Tegan Cunningham scored 31 points with 11 rebounds in Seward County’s 83-71 victory over Butler Community College on Thursday night at the Power Plant. It was Cunningham’s 25th career double-double and fourth career 30-plus scoring game. An 18-2 run in the second half by the Lady Saints secured the road win, also marking Seward’s first conference road victory of the season. Today, Seward County will take on No. 13 Cloud County Community College, marking the Lady Saints eighth nationally-ranked opponent this season. In seven contests against Top 25 opponents this season, Seward County has tallied a 4-3 overall record.

Since 2000-2001, the Lady Saints have a 12-4 lead in the overall series against the Lady T-Birds, including six victories in the last seven meetings. Seward County is 4-3 in games played at Arley Bryant Gymnasium in Concordia, and they are a perfect 7-0 in games at the Green House. In last season’s first meeting in Liberal, it was a national showdown as then-No. 3 Seward County defeated then-No. 4 Cloud County, 82-67. This conference rivalry has also produced the last two NJCAA D-I National Champions from the Region VI, as Seward County won the title in 2001-2002, and Cloud County earned the championship the previous season (2000-2001).

Cloud County (15-2, 4-0) remains one of the top programs in the Region VI under the coaching of 19-year head coach Brett Erkenbrack. The Lady T-Birds have appeared in four Top 25 polls this season, with their highest ranking coming at their current spot, No. 13. The Lady T-Birds were the first to knock off previously unbeaten, and then No. 3 nationally-ranked, Barton County C.C., with a dominating 74-55 win in Concordia. Three days later, Seward County gave Barton County its second straight loss with a 68-67 victory in Liberal. Cloud has also recorded impressive victories against Cowley College (79-62) and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (88-70). Cloud County enters Sunday with four players all averaging at least nine points per game, including Katie O’Neill (12.1), Kenya Howard (11.8), Shannon White (9.8) and Amy Chapman (9.1).