Effective long range shooting and strong bench play led the Seward County Community College women’s basketball team to a 65-39 victory over Pratt Community College on Saturday night at the Green House in Liberal. The victory also marked the second time in conference play that Seward County had held its opponent to just 39 points (vs. Dodge City). Sophomore All-American Tegan Cunningham led all players with 18 points, and sophomore sharp shooter Audra Binford guided Seward from long range connecting on four 3-pointers (14 points). Seward County won its second straight conference game and improves to 14-7 overall and to 5-2 in league play. Pratt remains winless on the road this season (0-5) and drops to 5-16 overall and to 2-6 in conference competition.

The victory marks Seward County third-year head coach Toby Wynn’s 75th career win and his 30th career victory in conference play. Wynn becomes the fastest head coach in school history to win 75 games (91 games) and to collect 30 conference wins (39 games).

The contest ended in a blowout, but it began with both teams struggling to make shots from the field as the first half ended with the Lady Saints leading by just four points (24-20). Seward County shot 27 percent in the opening half, with Pratt shooting just 21 percent.

The Lady Saints then shot 50 percent from 3-point range in the second half, and Seward County outscored Pratt 37-15 in the game’s final 15 minutes. With three players not in uniform due to violating team rules, the Lady Saints relied on big games from reserves Bailey Crandall, Kasia Gawor and Raegan Broadie.

With 12:20 remaining in the game Crandall made a three-pointer and converted the rare four-point-play to put Seward County ahead, 38-26, with its largest lead up until that point. Crandall again hit from long range in between two Cunningham field goals to give the Lady Saints a 45-29 lead with nine minutes remaining.

Broadie scored five points off the bench, and Gawor scored five of her seven points in the game’s final two minutes. Freshman Amanda Pierson also played well scoring five points with six rebounds and three blocked shots.

Seward County out-rebounded Pratt, 54-38, and held the Lady Beavers to 23 percent shooting from the field, which includes a dismal 1-of-17 from 3-point territory. The Lady Beavers were led by forward Ashley Scroggins (11 points, 12 rebounds) and guard Wyneisha Webb (12 points).

The Lady Saints will be back at the Green House to host fifth-place Colby Community College (8-13, 3-4) on Wednesday, Jan. 30, for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.

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Binford’s four 3-pointers tie her for fifth-place all-time in Seward County history for career 3-pointers (104) with former Lady Saint guard Sierra Radke. Cunningham continues to climb the all-time Seward County career scoring list as she passed both Stacy Wewe (1,141) and former All-American Tracy Wynn (1,154) on Saturday night to move into third-place all-time. Cunningham’s 1,155 career points trails Kim Ortega (1,154) and Jamie Talbert (1,274) for the most points scored in a career by any Seward County player in the 32 year history of the women’s basketball program.