The NJCAA No. 1-ranked Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team opens the second half of Jayhawk West play on Saturday when Dodge City comes to the Sports Arena for the second-annual Blue Dragon Pink-Out Night.
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 will be wearing special warmups as HCC has its annual fundraiser to fight cancer.
HCC (22-0, 8-0 Jayhawk West) closed the first half of the league season on Wednesday with a dominant defensive performance in a 64-36 victory over Seward County.
Wednesday’s victory gives the two-time defending Jayhawk West champion Lady Dragons a two-game lead over Garden City and Cloud County and a three-game lead over Seward County. The Lady Dragons own victories over all three opponents.
Hutchinson opened conference play with a 102-48 victory at Dodge City on Jan. 5.
The Conquistadors (7-15, 1-7) enter Saturday on a five-game losing streak where they have lost by an average of 16.4 points per game. Dodge City did get a boost when freshman guard Kesha Buckner returned to the lineup on Jan. 27 after missing eight games because of injuries. Buckner did not play in the first game with Hutchinson on Jan. 5.
The Lady Dragon sophomores will attempt to tie the 2011 sophomores for the third-most victories by a sophomore class in team history. The 2013 sophomores have 58 wins.
GAME 23 – No. 1 Hutchinson (22-0, 8-0) vs. Dodge City (7-15, 1-7)
Date: Saturday, February 2, 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
Promotion: 2nd Annual Pink-Out Night. Receive a Pink T-Shirt for a minimum $5 donation to help the Blue Dragons fight cancer.
HCC’s Sports Arena winning streak up to 75 games
A 64-36 victory over Seward County on Wednesday extended the Lady Dragons’ team-record home-court winning streak to 75 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 89 of its last 91 games at home and are 102-3 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 22-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 22-0 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 63 consecutive regular-season games entering play vs. Dodge City.
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 36-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 86 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 fourth-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 (21-0) 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 45-straight and 55 of the last 57 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 58. With one more victory, they will tie the 2011 Sophomores for third.
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 76.6 points per game, while shooting 45.9 percent overall and 37.6 percent from 3-point range. HCC shoots 63.1 percent from the foul line.
+ Hutchinson leads the Jayhawk West and is fourth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 46.3 points per game. The Lady Dragons lead the league in field-goal defense at 30.0 percent. Opponents are shooting 22.3 from 3-point range, which ranks second in the league.
+ In conference play, HCC is averaging 72.8 points per game, shooting 44.8 percent from 3-point range, 35.7 percent from 3-point range and 63.5 percent from the line. Defensively, HCC is allowing 46.3 points, 30.4 percent field-goal shooting and 21.8 percent from 3-point range.
+ Sophomore point guard Chrisstasia Walter is HCC’s leading scorer averaging 13.4 points per game, which ranks fifth in the Jayhawk West. She leads the West in steals (3.95/game) and assists (5.86/game). Walter is tied for third in single-season steals and is 12 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 12.5 points per game, Patrick is shooting 55.2 percent overall and 45.5 percent from 3-point range. She has a team-high 40 3-pointers. Patrick is averaging 5.6 rebounds per game.
+ Sophomore Jasmine Patterson, coming off her third double-double of the season on Wednesday, averages 12.0 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds. She also has a team-high 26 blocked shots and has 47 assists and 33 steals. Patterson is ninth in the league in scoring, fifth in blocked shots and sixth in rebounding.
+ Sophomore forward Aja Sorrells is the fourth Lady Dragon to averaging in double figures 10.3 points on 51.5 percent shooting. In the Jayhawk West, Sorrells is shooting 57.6 percent, averaging 11.9 points per game. Sorrells ranks No. 1 in the league in free-throw shooting at 82.3 percent, sixth in steals at 2.45 per game and ninth in field-goal percentage.
+ The Lady Dragons average a league-best 21.3 assists per game. Walter has a team-high 129 and freshman Jen’Von’Ta Hill has 84. Hill is fourth in the league with 3.82 assists per game. Both Walter and Hill have 10-assist games this season.
+ The Lady Dragons are out-rebounding opponents with a plus-11.4 rebounding margin. HCC is pulling down 44.3 rebounds, while giving up 32.9 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 16.0 times per game, while forcing 24.3 turnovers. Nineteen of 22 opponents have had 20 or more turnovers this season. Six have had 30 or more.
+ The Lady Dragons are scoring 22.9 points per game off the bench. Freshman Bri Starks is averaging 6.9 points and 5.0 rebounds.
+ Starks ranks fifth in the Jayhawk West in field-goal percentage at 52.3 percent.
+ Hutchinson is 3-0 vs. nationally ranked opponents, defeating No. 25 NEO, No. 4 Iowa Western and No. 11 Garden City.
Scouting Dodge City
+ The Conquistadors entered the Jayhawk West season with a 6-8 record under second-year coach Lucas McDonald, but have struggled through conference play with a 1-7 mark. Dodge City’s only victory was against conference cellar-dweller Colby. The Conquistadors have lost their seven conference games by an average of 20.7 points per game. After starting the season 5-4, Dodge City has gone 2-11 since.
+ Dodge City has 14 non-conference wins in McDonald’s tenure. The Conquistadors had 17 non-conference wins combined in their five previous seasons.
+ The Conquistadors ranks low in several Jayhawk West statistically categories, but are improved offensively so far this season. The Conqs average 60.1 points per game and shoot 35.4 percent overall. Dodge City averages 29.8 percent from 3-point range and 64.0 percent from the free throw line.
+ Defensively, the Conquistadors are allowing 64.6 points per game. In conference play, that number has skyrocketed to 74.6 points per game. DCCC allows opponents 35.4 percent overall and 32.3 percent from 3-point range.
+ The Conquistadors got a big boost with the return of freshman guard/forward Kesha Buckner, who missed nine games because of injuries. For the season, Buckner is averaging 9.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. In her first game back playing Garden City, Buckner had five points and six rebounds in 29 minutes. Last Wednesday against Butler, Buckner had 11 points and nine rebounds in 32 minutes played.
+ Two players average in double figures to lead Dodge City. Kelli Tolar averages 11.2 points per game, shooting 35.6 percent overall and 29.2 percent with a team-high 35 3s.
+ Jameeshia Armstrong is averaging 11.1 points per game, shooting 33.1 percent overall and 27.2 percent from 3-point range. She has 25 made 3s. Armstrong also shoots 73.2 percent from the free-throw line.
+ Five players average seven or more points per game for Dodge City. Casey McCauley averages 8.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. Nicole Salazar averages 7.1 points and 3.5 assists per game. Salazar also shoots 36.0 percent from 3-point range with 32 made 3-pointers to her credit.
+ After shooting nearly 37 percent from 3-point range in non-conference play, the Conquistadors are shooting only 27.4 percent from 3-point range in eight league games.
+ Dodge City has a minus-7.0 rebounding margin, pulling down 37.1 rebounds per game and allowing 44.0 per contest.
+ The Conqs turn the ball over 18.0 times per game and force 20.5 turnovers.
+ DCCC is averaging 11.7 assists, 9.1 steals and 1.5 blocked shots per game.
Series History vs. Dodge City
This will be the 83rd meeting between Hutchinson and Dodge City. The Lady Dragons own a 57-25 overall record, including 13-straight victories over the Conqs.
HCC is 27-12 against Dodge City at the Sports Arena and 28-12 in Dodge City. The teams are 2-1 in neutral floors and HCC leads Region VI meetings 4-2. The last postseason meeting game in 1985.
HCC defeated Dodge City 102-48 on Jan. 5 at United Wireless Arena in Dodge City.
(HCC Sports Information)