The Seward County Community College womenís basketball team moved into a tie for second-place in the Jayhawk West Conference after a 66-62 victory over No. 19 Cloud County Community College on Wednesday night at the Green House in Liberal. The Lady Saints defeated their sixth nationally-ranked opponent this season while forcing 24 Lady Thunderbird turnovers. SCCC sophomore All-American Tegan Cunningham finished with a team-high 17 points, moving into a tie for second-place all-time in Seward County history for career points scored (1,267) with current Lady Saintsí assistant coach and former two-time First Team All-American Kim Ortega-Davis. Seward County improves to 19-8 overall and to 10-3 in the Jayhawk West. Cloud County drops to 21-5 overall and to 10-3 in conference play.

With Seward County leading 10-7 at the 13:34 mark, the Lady Saints were sparked by freshman forward Amanda Piersonís six points during a 13-0 run to give SCCC a 23-7 lead. Seward grabbed its largest lead in the game after Pierson recorded lay-up to give the Lady Saints a 17-point lead (31-14) with 5:07 until halftime. Pierson finished shooting 7-of-11 from the field scoring 15 points with seven boards.

Seward County never trailed in the contest, despite Cloud finishing the first half on a 14-4 run, and coming out in the second half on a 6-0 run to bring the Lady T-Birds to within one point (35-34) with 18:00 left in the second half.

SCCC posted a 35-28 lead at halftime, where they received scoring from seven players in the opening half and shot 8-of-10 as a team from the charity stripe.

Midway through the final period Cloud County cut the lead to three points (47-44), but they couldnít stay close as Seward County jumped out to a 12-point lead going on a 13-4 run.

After Lady Saintsí freshman point guard Stephani Rhoten made a lay-up to put Seward County ahead 64-55 with 3:38 remaining, Cloud County answered with four points from Kenya Howard and a 3-pointer from Katie OíNeill to cut the lead to two points (64-62) with 5.5 seconds remaining. Cunningham was fouled as the Lady Saints tried to inbound the ball, and she finished the game with two free throws to give Seward County its 19th victory of the season.

Cunningham posted 17 points, nine rebounds, four assists and a season-high five steals. The 6-foot-1 guard has now tallied 32 consecutive double-figure scoring games dating back to her freshman season.

Seward County sophomore Jennifer Noel added seven points and 10 rebounds, marking her fifth career double-figure rebounding game. Rhoten was the only other Seward County player to score in double figures with 12 points, and she chipped in a game-high eight assists and one steal.

Howard led Cloud County in scoring with 18 points, and she also recorded nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks. OíNeill also collected double-figures in scoring with 14 points (6-of-15 shooting) with three steals. In addition, the Cloud County starting five combined for 20 of the teamís 24 turnovers.

Seward County will play its final regular season home game on Saturday, Feb. 23, hosting sixth-place Garden City Community College (10-17, 5-8) for homecoming at 5:30 p.m. at the Green House.