A dominating effort in the paint gave No. 10 nationally-ranked Barton County Community College a 77-65 victory over Seward County Community College on Wednesday night at the Barton County Gym in Great Bend, Kan. The Lady Cougars out-rebounded the Lady Saints 52-27, and was led by four players scoring in double figures. Seward County had its season-best five-game winning streak snapped by the first-place Lady Cougars who now lead the overall series against Seward County, 38-28. Seward County drops to 17-8 overall and to 8-3 in the Jayhawk West Conference. Barton County improves to 24-2 overall and to 10-2 in Jayhawk West play.

Seward County trailed by just four points at halftime, despite being out-rebounded 27-14, and outscored 18-2 in the paint. The Lady Cougars jumped out to their largest lead in the first half, 21-11, with 13:22 left to play in the opening period. Seward County was held to 37 percent shooting as a team, but scored 21 of their 34 first-half points from 3-point territory (7-of-17). Seward County’s largest lead came after the opening-tip with a 4-0 start to the game.

At the 16:33 mark in the second half with the Lady Saints trailing by two points (41-39), Seward County sophomore Tegan Cunningham was issued her fourth personal. Barton County took advantage of Cunningham’s absence by holding the Lady Saints to just eight points during the seven-minute period she was on the bench in foul trouble.

Cunningham led the Lady Saints with 16 points, despite playing in just 25 minutes of action. The Lady Saints kept the Barton County lead to single-digits until BCCC pulled away in the final two minutes of play leading by as many as 14 points (72-58) at the 1:07 mark.

Barton County was led by Courtney Sturdivant (24 points), Inga Muciniece (12 points, 16 rebounds) and Ipek Turkyilmaz (18 points, 10 rebounds). Seward County sophomore guard Audra Binford tied a career-high with five 3-pointers (15 points) and freshman point guard Stephani Rhoten recorded 11 points and a team-high five assists in the loss.

Barton County’s 52 team rebounds was the most allowed this season by the Lady Saints. Seward County’s 10 three-point field goals marked the most for the Lady Saints in Jayhawk West Conference play this season.

Seward County will begin a three-game home series on Saturday, Feb. 20, hosting Butler Community College (6-17, 1-9) for sophomore recognition night at the Green House starting at 5:30 p.m.