The NJCAA No. 1-ranked Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team closes out a rugged two-game stretch against two of the Jayhawk West’s best teams and opens a two-game homestand on Wednesday when Seward County comes to the Sports Arena.
Tipoff will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Sports Arena. The game will be broadcast live on Blue Dragon flagship station KHUT-FM (102.9) and on sister station KWBW-AM (1450) beginning at 5:20 p.m. A live videostream and audio-only stream are both available on the Blue Dragon Sports Network (www.bluedragonsports.com) beginning at 5:20 p.m.
The Lady Dragons (21-0) look to take full control of the Jayhawk West title chase at its midpoint. A victory on Wednesday would give Hutchinson a minimum of a two-game lead on the league with eight game remaining. Seward County, Garden City and Cloud County all have two league losses entering play on Wednesday.
HCC comes off a rugged 73-65 victory at Cloud County on Saturday. The Lady Dragons saw Cloud County rally to within one point with 3 minutes to go, but Jasmine Patterson’s inside hoop and Jade Herl’s dagger of a 3-pointer reclaimed control and powered HCC to program win No. 800.
Seward County (14-6, 5-2) was in danger on Saturday of dropping a third league game when it scored just two points in the first 11:36 of its game against Butler. The Saints rallied for a 49-46 victory.
While Seward County is one of two Jayhawk West teams to have a winning record against HCC, the Lady Dragons have won five straight vs. Seward County.
HCC completes its two-game league homestand on Saturday against Dodge City.
GAME 22 – No. 1 Hutchinson (21-0, 7-0) vs. Seward County (14-6, 5-2)
Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Tipoff: 5:30 p.m.
Site: Hutchinson Sports Arena, Hutchinson, KS (Capacity: 7,000)
Radio: KHUT-FM (102.9), KWBW-AM (1450) – Glen Grunwald (PBP), Rusty Hilst (Analyst), 5:20 p.m.
Free Internet Video and Audio: www.bluedragonsports.com, 5:20 p.m.
Tickets: $7 reserved; $5 general admission
HCC’s Sports Arena winning streak up to 74 games
A 78-46 victory over Pratt on Wednesday extended the Lady Dragons’ team-record home-court winning streak to 74 games.
The current streak started with an 80-26 victory over Pratt on Jan. 28, 2009. The last team to defeat the Lady Dragons at the Sports Arena was Barton.
HCC has won 88 of its last 90 games at home and are 101-3 at the Sports Arena under head coach John Ontjes.
HCC has had 13 streaks of at least 10 or more consecutive home victories.
Current winning streak now program’s 3rd longest
Hutchinson’s current 21-game winning streak is now the third-longest winning streak in team history.
The 2012-13 Lady Dragons surpassed the 1977-78, 1989-90 and 2004-05 teams for the third-longest start in team history.
The longest winning streak in team history is 36, set by last season’s NJCAA national runner-up team who started the season 36-0 before losing in the national championship game.
The second-longest streak in team history was also snapped in the NJCAA Tournament. The 1976-77 Lady Dragons reeled off 26-consecutive wins before falling in the national semifinals.
2012-13 Lady Dragons off to 3rd best start ever
Now 21-0 to start the season, the 2012-13 Lady Dragons have the third-best start in program history.
Last year’s NJCAA national runner-up team holds the record by winning its first 36 games before dropping the national championship game.
The 1976-77 Lady Dragons, which finished fourth in the NJCAA Tournament, started that season with 24-straight wins before losing the final two games of the national tournament.
HCC’s women have had 11 starts to seasons of at least 10-0.
HCC working on other impressive streaks
+ Regular-season streak – The Lady Dragons won 62 consecutive regular-season games entering play vs. Cloud County.
The last regular-season loss came on Jan. 15, 2011 at El Dorado, a 55-51 loss at Butler.
The current regular-season winning streak is the longest since HCC reeled off 25 straight regular-season wins from 1977-79.
+ Jayhawk West regular-season streak – Hutchinson has won 35-consecutive games in the Jayhawk West regular season. That streak dates back to Jan. 15, 2011 when Butler defeated HCC 55-51.
+ Road regular-season streak – The Lady Dragons have reeled off 19-consecutive victories on opposing courts. This streak does not count neutral-court games. This streak dates back to a 55-51 setback on Jan. 15, 2011 at Butler. HCC’s record road-game winning streak is 23 games, set from 1976-78.
+ Non-Conference regular-season streak – With its 81-52 victory over Neosho County on Jan. 2, the Lady Dragons have reeled off 35-straight non-conference victories dating back to a 69-63 loss to South Plains on Nov. 20, 2010.
+ Opponents shooting less than 50 percent – Opponents have not shot 50 percent or more from the field in 85 consecutive games.
The last time an opponent shot 50 percent or better came in the sixth game of the 2010-11 season when South Plains shot right at 50 percent (23 of 46) from the field. That’s the only time in the John Ontjes era that an opponent has shot 50 percent.
Before that, the Lady Dragons went 117 straight games without allowing a team to shoot 50 percent or better.
Lady Dragons in the NJCAA National Poll
The Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team remained No. 1 for the third-straight week after climbing to No. 1 in the NJCAA Women’s Division I basketball poll for the first time in the program’s 39-year history.
The Lady Dragons (20-0) made the move to the top rung on the NJCAA ladder on Jan. 9 after former No. 1 North Idaho lost to Salt Lake.
The Lady Dragons become the first Jayhawk Conference Division I team to be ranked No. 1 since Seward County opened the 2007-08 poll as the nation’s top team. HCC is the first Jayhawk Conference team to be ranked No. 1 during a regular-season poll since Cloud County held the top spot for three weeks in the 2006-07 season.
The No. 1 ranking is the highest mark ever achieved by the Lady Dragons, surpassing the No. 2 ranking reached this season and matched by an eight-week run at No. 2 during last seasons’ 36-1 national runner-up season.
HCC has been a part of the NJCAA poll for 44-straight and 54 of the last 56 polls.
2013 Sophomores cementing legacy in HCC history
The 2013 Lady Dragons sophomores are currently ranked fourth team history in wins by a sophomore class with 57.
As freshmen, this group of sophomores – Jasmine Patterson, Aja Sorrells, Jade Herl, Kyrsten Crawford and Chrisstasia Walter (redshirt) – won 36 games and went all the way to the NJCAA championship game.
The 2013 sophomores became only the fifth sophomore class in team history to win 50 games. That came in an 81-52 victory over Neosho County on Jan. 2. The 2012 sophomores lead all HCC sophomore classes with 66 victories. The 2010 sophomore class won 60 games
About the 2012-13 Lady Dragons
+ The Lady Dragons rank No. 1 currently in the Jayhawk West in scoring offense, field-goal percentage and 3-point percentage. HCC is currently averages 77.2 points per game, while shooting 46.2 percent overall and 38.1 percent from 3-point range. HCC shoots 63.2 percent from the foul line.
+ Hutchinson leads the Jayhawk West and is fifth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 46.7 points per game. The Lady Dragons lead the league in field-goal defense at 29.9 percent. Opponents are shooting 22.5 from 3-point range, which ranks second in the league.
+ In conference play, HCC is averaging 74.0 points per game, shooting 45.6 percent from 3-point range, 36.8 percent from 3-point range and 63.9 percent from the line. Defensively, HCC is allowing 47.7 points, 30.3 percent field-goal shooting and 22.1 percent from 3-point range.
+ Sophomore point guard Chrisstasia Walter is HCC’s leading scorer averaging 13.6 points per game, which ranks fifth in the Jayhawk West. She leads the West in steals (3.86/game) and assists (5.86/game). Walter is fifth in single-season steals and is 16 assists away from joining the HCC single-season Top 10 assists list. She averages 5.6 rebounds per game.
+ Freshman guard Jamie Patrick leads the league in field-goal percentage and 3-point percentage. Sixth in the league in scoring at 12.9 points per game, Patrick is shooting 55.3 percent overall and 46.5 percent from 3-point range. She has a team-high 40 3-pointers. Patrick is averaging 5.6 rebounds per game.
+ Sophomore Jasmine Patterson averages 11.8 points and a team-high 6.6 rebounds. She also has a team-high 26 blocked shots and has 44 assists and 26 steals. Patterson is ninth in the league in scoring, fifth in blocked shots and sixth in rebounding. Patterson has two double-doubles this season.
+ Sophomore forward Aja Sorrells is the fourth Lady Dragon to averaging in double figures 10.2 points on 50.9 percent shooting. In the Jayhawk West, Sorrells is shooting 57.1 percent, averaging 11.7 points per game. Sorrells ranks No. 1 in the league in free-throw shooting at 82.0 percent, sixth in steals at 2.48 per game and ninth in field-goal percentage.
+ The Lady Dragons average a league-best 21.2 assists per game. Walter has a team-high 123 and freshman Jen’Von’Ta Hill has 82. Hill is fourth in the league with 3.90 assists per game. Both Walter and Hill have 10-assist games this season.
+ The Lady Dragons are out-rebounding opponents with a plus-11.6 rebounding margin. HCC is pulling down 44.4 rebounds, while giving up 32.8 boards. HCC is averaging 15.3 offensive rebounds per game. HCC has broken the 60-rebound mark twice this season.
+ HCC turns the ball over 16.2 times per game, while forcing 24.0 turnovers. Eighteen of 2` opponents have had 20 or more turnovers this season.
+ The Lady Dragons are scoring 23.0 points per game off the bench. Freshman Bri Starks is averaging 6.9 points and 5.1 rebounds.
+ Starks ranks fifth in the Jayhawk West in field-goal percentage at 53.2 percent.
+ Hutchinson is 3-0 vs. nationally ranked opponents, defeating No. 25 NEO, No. 4 Iowa Western and No. 11 Garden City.
+ First-year Lady Dragons assistant Sierra (Radke) Michelstetter is a former Saints player, playing at Seward County in 2005 and 2006 before she transferred to Missouri-Kansas City.
Scouting Seward County
+ Eighth-year head coach Toby Wynn has been bitten by the injury bug big-time this season. After seven games, 3-point gunner Anete Kirsteine was lost to a season-ending injury. Also early on the season, guard Payton Flemming was lost to injury for the year. Shanice Brooks has only played in eight games since returning from injury.
+ Seward County went 9-4 in non-conference play. The Saints started the league 3-0, but are 2-2 since.
+ If the Saints make a deep postseason run, they can point to an ugly win last Saturday at home against Butler. Seward County scored just two points in the first 11 1/2 minutes, gave up 22 offensive rebounds and turned the ball over 28 times, but found a way to win 49-46.
+ Seward County ranks fifth in the league in scoring offense at 69.5 points per game. The Saints are seventh in field-goal percentage at 39.3 percent and seventh in 3-point efficiency at 29.1 percent. The Saints lead the Jayhawk West in field-goal percentage at 69.4 percent.
+ Seward is averaging only 63.2 points and 36.1 percent shooting in league play.
+ Defensively, the Saints are again solid, allowing 57.5 points per game, which is sixth in the KJCCC West. Opposing teams are shooting 32.9 percent overall and 25.9 percent from long range. Both marks rank fourth in the Jayhawk West.
+ Madison McLain is Seward County’s leading scorer at 14.7 points per game, which is fourth-best in the league. McLain is shooting 33.9 percent overall and has a team-high 38 3-pointers.
+ Sophomore Fabiana Monte is second in scoring at 10.6 points per game. Shooting almost 37 percent from the field, Monte is one of the league’s top free-throw shooters at 75.8 percent.
+ Sophomore point guard Ricquia Jones averages 9.8 points per game and ranks third in the league in assists steals. Jones averages 4.33 assists and 3.33 steals per game. She is shooting 52.0 percent from the floor, which is third-best in league play.
+ Guard Kelsey Blair is also a 3-point threat with 34 games and a percentage of 32.7 percent. She averages 8.3 points per game. Shanice Brooks also averages 8.3 points.
+ Six-foot-6 center Marta Oledzka and Brooks give the Saints a solid rebounding base. Brooks averages 8.6 rebounds and Oledzka averages 6.3 as the Saints pull down an average of 43.7 per game. Seward County is just a plus 2.2 in rebounding margin.
+ Turnovers have been a problem for the Saints, averaging 19.8 miscues a game. Seward County is forcing opponents into 21.9 turnovers per game.
+ The Saints are averaging 13.1 assists, 11.6 steals and 3.5 blocks per game.
+ The Saints are 9-2 at the Green House, 3-3 in road games and 2-1 in neutral courts.
Series History vs. Seward County
This will be the 76th meeting between Hutchinson and Seward County in a series that began in 1977.
Seward County is one of only two teams in the Jayhawk West have a winning record against Hutchinson. HCC trails 39-36 overall. The Lady Dragons are 19-16 vs. Seward County at the Sports Arena, but are 14-21 at Liberal. HCC is 3-2 against Seward County on neutral courts and 3-2 in Region VI meetings.
Since losing 18 games in a row to the Saints from 1995-2004, Hutchinson is 10-9 since, including victories in 7 of the last 8 meetings.
(HCC Sports Information)