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February 6, 2013TOP-RANKED LADY DRAGONS TRAVEL TO NO. 11 BRONCBUSTERS ON WEDNESDAY
The NJCAA No. 1-ranked Hutchinson Community College women's basketball team goes on the road Wednesday to face a major test from No. 11 Garden City.
Tipoff will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Perryman Athletic Complex in Garden City. 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 first time these two teams met, both were unbeaten and battled at the Sports Arena on Jan. 4 for the early upper hand in the Jayhawk West. Led by freshman Jamie Patrick's career-best 21 points, the Lady Dragons defeated Garden City 61-46.
Since then, the Lady Dragons have continued to roll, now 23-0 and in first place in the Jayhawk West with a 9-0 record. Garden City has gone 5-3 since, dropping a 73-46 road game on Saturday at Butler. Hutchinson enters Wednesday's road game after a dominating 86-33 victory over Dodge City at the Sports Arena. HCC shot a season-high 58.1 percent and held an opponent to less than 40 points for the second-straight game, limiting the Conquistadors to a frigid 20.4 percent from the floor.
Defensively, the Lady Dragons will have the challenge of facing the league's top scorer in Tamara Jones (20.3 ppg, 48.9 FG%) for the fourth time in the last two seasons. Jones was held to seven points on 3 of 6 shooting in the first meeting in January. In three games vs. Hutchinson, Jones averages nine points per game against the Lady Dragons. She is a career 20-point scorer for the Busters.
Hutchinson's sophomores will make their first attempt at their 60th victory at HCC. Only two sophomore groups - 2012 (66), 2010 (60) - have reached 60 wins as a class.
HCC's Sports Arena winning streak up to 76 games
A 64-36 victory over Seward County on Wednesday extended the Lady Dragons' team-record home-court winning streak to 76 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 90 of its last 92 games at home and are 103-3 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 23-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 23-0 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 64 consecutive regular-season games entering play vs. Garden 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 37-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 87 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.
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 77.0 points per game, while shooting 46.4 percent overall and 38.0 percent from 3-point range. HCC shoots 62.8 percent from the foul line.
+ Hutchinson leads the Jayhawk West and is third in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 45.6 points per game. The Lady Dragons lead the league in field-goal defense at 29.5 percent. Opponents are shooting 22.3 from 3-point range, which ranks second in the league.
+ In conference play, HCC is averaging 74.2 points per game, shooting 46.3 percent from 3-point range, 36.9 percent from 3-point range and 62.7 percent from the line. Defensively, HCC is allowing 44.8 points, 29.3 percent field-goal shooting and 21.8 percent from 3-point range.
+ Defensively, over the last two games, HCC has allowed an average of 34.5 points and 25.7 percent shooting (27 of 105) in wins over Seward County and Dodge City.
+ Sophomore point guard Chrisstasia Walter is HCC's leading scorer averaging 13.5 points per game, which ranks sixth in the Jayhawk West. She leads the West in steals (4.00/game) and assists (5.91/game). Walter is third in single-season steals and is five assists away from joining the HCC single-season Top 10 assists list. She averages 5.4 rebounds per game.
+ Freshman guard Jamie Patrick leads the league in field-goal percentage and 3-point percentage. Seventh in the league in scoring at 12.8 points per game, Patrick is shooting 55.9 percent overall and 45.1 percent from 3-point range. She has a team-high 41 3-pointers. Patrick is averaging 5.4 rebounds per game.
+ Averaging 13.6 points over her last six games, including back-to-back 16-point games in her last two performances, sophomore Jasmine Patterson averages 12.1 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds. She also has a team-high 29 blocked shots and has 49 assists and 35 steals. Patterson is ninth in the league in scoring, fifth in blocked shots and seventh in rebounding.
+ Sophomore forward Aja Sorrells is fourth in scoring, averaging 9.9 points on 50.6 percent shooting. In the Jayhawk West, Sorrells is shooting 55.1 percent, averaging 10.6 points per game. Sorrells ranks No. 1 in the league in free-throw shooting at 82.3 percent, sixth in steals at 2.39 per game and seventh in field-goal percentage.
+ The Lady Dragons average a league-best 21.6 assists per game. Walter has a team-high 136 and freshman Jen'Von'Ta Hill has 90. Hill is fourth in the league with 3.91 assists per game. Both Walter and Hill have 10-assist games this season.
+ The Lady Dragons are out-rebounding opponents with a plus-11.7 rebounding margin. HCC is pulling down 44.4 rebounds, while giving up 32.7 boards. HCC is averaging 14.9 offensive rebounds per game. HCC has broken the 60-rebound mark twice this season.
+ HCC turns the ball over 15.9 times per game, while forcing 24.1 turnovers. Nineteen of 23 opponents have had 20 or more turnovers this season. Six have had 30 or more.
+ The Lady Dragons are scoring 23.4 points per game off the bench. Freshman Bri Starks is averaging 6.8 points and 5.0 rebounds.
+ Starks ranks fifth in the Jayhawk West in field-goal percentage at 52.2 percent.
+ Hutchinson is 3-0 vs. nationally ranked opponents, defeating No. 25 NEO, No. 4 Iowa Western and No. 11 Garden City.
Scouting Garden City
+ Since the first meeting with HCC on Jan. 7, Garden City's roster has changed quite a bit. No longer with the Busters are freshman forward Shicole Watts (15.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg) and guard Jessica Goble (8.0 ppg, 33 3-pointers). Forward Nicole Young missed five games, but has returned to the team.
+ Garden City reeled off 15-straight wins to open the season and have come 5-3 since, with losses to Hutchinson, Cloud County and Butler, all on the road.
+ Garden City is 10-0 this season at the Perryman Athletic Complex, 6-0 on neutral courts and 4-3 in true road games.
+ While the offensive numbers have dropped some during league play, Garden City is third in the Jayhawk West in scoring at 72.7 points per game. The Busters are third in field-goal percentage at 42.9 percent, but are last in 3-point percentage at 34.1 percent. Garden City ranks eighth in free-throw percentage at 63.7 percent.
+ The Busters rank third in the West in defensive scoring average at 55.3 percent, fifth in the league in field-goal defense at 34.4 percent and eighth in 3-point defense at 29.7 percent.
+ All-American candidate Tamara Jones is Garden City's leading scorer at 20.3 points per game. She is averaging 18.1 points per game in conference play. Jones has had two 30-point games and four of 28 or more points. She is shooting 48.9 percent and 76.6 percent from the line. Jones is also the league leader in rebounds at 9.7 per game and tied for second in blocked shots (1.52 per game). Jones also has 25 3-pointers (35.2%).
+ Sophomore Deni Jacobs is Garden City's second-leading scorer at 11.9 points per game, shooting 51.3 percent from the field and 75.6 percent from the free-throw line. She averages 5.9 rebounds. Jacobs had a 25-point, 12-rebound game against the Bethany JV at the Sports Arena on Dec. 7.
+ Tahlia Pope is third at 7.1 points per game.
+ Garden City is averaging 44.6 rebounds per game, including 16.0 offensive boards per contest. The Busters are allowing 33.6 rebounds per game.
+ The Busters turn the ball over 16.7 times per game and force 19.6 turnovers.
+ Garden City is averaging 15.7 assists per game. Point guard Mikell Chinn is second in the Jayhawk West in assists at 4.61 per game. She averages 4.1 points per contest.
+ Garden City is 1-1 vs. ranked teams, defeating No. 20 Midland 88-50 on Nov. 1. Garden then dropped a 61-46 road decision at No. 2 Hutchinson on Jan. 7
Series History vs. Garden City
This will be the 75th meeting between Hutchinson and Garden City in a continuous series that began in 1976.
The Lady Dragons own a 59-15 overall record, including six in a row and 13 wins in the last 14 meetings between the two teams. HCC is 34-3 against Garden City at the Sports Arena and 25-11 in Garden City. The Busters won the only Region VI meeting in 2004.
The 59 wins over Garden City are the second most against any HCC opponent.
HCC won the first meeting 61-46 on Jan. 7 at the Sports Arena.