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January 28, 2014

Hutch women hit the road

LADY DRAGONS BACK ON THE ROAD TO FACE BARTON ON WEDNESDAY



The No. 3 Hutchinson Community College women's basketball team closes out a two-game Jayhawk West road trip when the Lady Dragons play Barton on Wednesday in Great Bend.

Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Barton Gym. The game will be videostreamed on the Blue Dragon Sports Network and broadcast live on Blue Dragon flagship station KHUT-FM (102.9) and sister stations KWBW-AM/FM (1450/98.5) beginning at 5:20 p.m.

Hutchinson's road trip started with an 83-63 victory on Saturday night at Pratt.

Under head coach John Ontjes, HCC (19-0, 5-0 Jayhawk West) has had great success in back-to-back Jayhawk West road games. HCC is 10-2 overall under Ontjes in back-to-back league road games. The Lady Dragons have won five-straight back halves of such road trips, which is the scenario they face on Wednesday.

Sophomores Jamie Patrick and Jen'Von'Ta Hill combined for 48 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in HCC's victory at Pratt. The Lady Dragons shot better than 50 percent for the fourth time in five league games.

Barton (15-6, 3-2) snapped a two-game losing streak on Sunday when the Cougars defeated Colby 82-47 at Colby.

The Cougars have two of the Top 15 scorers in the Jayhawk West. Cheyenne Hedrington is fifth in scoring at 16.6 points per game and Ashton Bruner ranks 15th at 11.6 points per game.

The Lady Dragons look to extend an eight-game win streak over Barton.



Noting The Lady Dragons

+ Hutchinson has shot better than 50 percent four times in five Jayhawk West games and nine times overall this season.

+ Overall, HCC ranks third in the Jayhawk West in scoring average at 81.4 points per game. The Lady Dragons have taken over the top spot in field-goal shooting at HCC is shooting 46.6 percent. , HCC is shooting 34.4 percent from 3-point range (2nd in West) and 65.3 percent from the foul line (5th in West).

+ Defensively, Hutchinson continues to be dominant. The Lady Dragons are allowing a Jayhawk West-low 47.6 points per game. The Lady Dragons are No. 1 in the West in defensive field-goal percentage (27.7 percent) and 3-point defense (23.4 percent).

+ In conference play, the Lady Dragons average 77.8 points per game, while shooting 49.2 percent overall, 38.6 percent from 3-point range and 66.4 percent from the foul line. Defensively in league play, HCC is allowing 51.8 points per game with opponents shooting 29.5 percent overall and 23.7 percent from long range.

+ HCC is averaging 5.05 made 3-pointers per game, third in the Jayhawk West.

+ Sophomore Jamie Patrick is HCC's leading scorer at 18.5 points per contest, which is third in the Jayhawk West. Patrick is shooting 54.6 percent overall (5th in the West). She ranks third in the league in 3-point percentage at 40.0 percent and is second in made 3's (2.00/game). She is shooting 79.4 percent at the free-throw line, climbing to second in the league. Patrick is averaging 6.0 rebounds per game. Patrick is 10th in the Jayhawk West in steals at 1.79 per game. Patrick is averaging 17.4 points per game in conference play, shooting 62.5 percent overall and 50.0 percent from 3-point range.

+ Freshman Kalani Purcell is second on the team and is ninth in the Jayhawk West in scoring at 12.1 points per game. Purcell is shooting 47.8 percent from the field. She leads the team and ranks third in the West in rebounding at 9.53 boards per game. Purcell leads the league and is 13th in the NJCAA in steals (3.79/game) and is fourth in blocks (1.21/game). Purcell is seventh in the conference in assists at 3.32/game. In conference play, Purcell is averaging 12.6 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.60 steals per game.

+ Over her last three games, sophomore point guard Jen'Von'Ta Hill is averaging 21.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 4.0 steals per game. For the season, Hill is scoring 10.9 points per game. She is shooting 36.5 percent overall, 25.0 percent from 3-point range and 63.6 percent from the foul line. Hill leads the league in assists at 6.05 per game (11th in NJCAA) and is ranked fifth in steals at 2.89 per game.

+ Sophomore Kiarra Jones is third in the Jayhawk West in field-goal percentage at 56.0 percent. She averaging 8.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Jones is averaging 6.6 points and 4.0 rebounds in the Jayhawk West.

+ Sophomore Briana Starks is averaging 8.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. She is averaging 10.8 points and 6.4 rebounds while shooting 52.8 percent in conference play.

+ Freshman Shakira Harding has been quiet offensively of late. She averages of 7.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists. Harding is scoring 3.6 points per game in league play.

+ Freshman Chelsea Dewey is averaging 7.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists off the bench.

+ The Lady Dragons are second in rebounding in the Jayhawk West at 50.4 rebounds per game. They have 12 games of 50 or more rebounds this season, which includes a season-high 61 rebounds against Mesa. HCC also leads the league in rebounding margin at plus-18.4. HCC allows 32.8 rebounds per contest.

+ The Lady Dragons are averaging a league-best 20.9 assists per game.

+ Turnovers have been an issue for HCC so far this season. The Lady Dragons are turning the ball over 17.9 times per game, while forcing 22.1 turnovers per game. Shockingly, opponents haven't been able to take full advantage of the Lady Dragon miscues. The first 19 opponents have averaged only 10.4 points off HCC turnovers per game.

+ Hutchinson leads the Jayhawk West in team steals at 13.37 steals per game.

+ The Lady Dragons are third in the West in blocked shots at 3.95 rejections per game.



Scouting Barton

+ The Cougars started the season off 9-1, but have gone 6-5 since. Sunday's 82-49 victory at Colby snapped a two-game losing streak.

+ Barton is one of six Jayhawk West teams averaging 75 points per game or better. The Cougars are fourth at 78.7 points per game. They are fourth in field-goal percentage at 43.0 percent, fourth in 3-point percentage at 2.4 percent and are sixth in free-throw shooting at 65.3 percent.

+ Cheyenne Hedrington is the fifth-leading scorer in the Jayhawk West at 16.6 points per game. She ranks second in the league in field-goal percentage at 56.8 percent. Hedrington also shoots 71.1 percent from the free-throw line. Hedrington is sixth in the conference in rebounding at 8.05 boards per game.

+ Ashton Bruner is 15th in the conference in scoring at 11.6 rebounds per game and is seventh in rebounding at 7.95 boards per game.

+ Barton ranks fourth in the league in rebounding at 46.0 boards per game. The Cougars allow 41.0 boards, which is sixth in rebounds allowed. Bruner is shooting 47.7 percent from the field.

+ Mariana Lambert is averaging 9.6 points per game. Taylor Mayes averages 8.5 points. Kailai Brantner is at 8.1 points and K.K. Anthony is at 8.0 points per contest.

+ Barton has a pair of 3-point threats. Brandy Winbush has made a team-high 37 3-pointers, shooting 37.7 percent from long range. Mariana Lamberth has 29 treys and shoots 27.4 percent. Barton averages 4.57 made 3-pointers per game, which ranks fourth in the Jayhawk West.

+ The Cougars turn the ball over an average of 16.9 times per game and force 18.9 turnovers per game.

+ Barton ranks third in the league in assists (17.19/game). Brantner ranks third in the Jayhawk West individually in assists at 5.32/game.

+ The Cougars are fifth in steals (9.10/game) and sixth in blocked shots (2.24/game). Sharyce Warren has a team-high 35 steals and Bruner had 33.

+ Barton is 8-2 at home this season, 4-3 in road games and 3-1 on neutral floors this season. The Cougars are 1-0 in overtime games. Barton posted a 12-4 non-conference record this season.



Series History vs. Barton

This will be the 79th meeting between Hutchinson and Barton in a continuous series that began in 1978.

Barton is the only Jayhawk West to have a winning record against Hutchinson in women's basketball.

HCC trails 52-26 overall in the series, despite winning the last eight meetings.

The Lady Dragons are 14-23 in Hutchinson and 11-27 in Great Bend. HCC is 1-4 vs. Barton in Region VI meetings. The last postseason meeting between Hutchinson and Barton came in 1987.

Last season, the Lady Dragons scored 104 points against Barton, the most for the Lady Dragons in series history.


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