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		Freshman Che Bob dunks to help the No. 22 Blue Dragon men's basketball team to a 96-77 victory over El Centro College on Friday night at the Atrium Thanksgiving Classic at the Sports Arena. (Stephanie Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)		    			Freshman Clemence LeFebvre battles for a rebound with a Kansas City player on Friday at the Atrium Thanksgiving Classic at the Sports Arena. LeFebvre had 19 points as No. 2 HCC defeated Kansas City 83-55. (Steve Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)	    			Sophomore Austin Budke and the No. 22 Blue Dragons meet El Centro College and Frank Phillips College this weekend for the Atrium Thanksgiving Classic at the Sports Arena. (Stephanie Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)	    		Sophomore Alyx Bloom and the No. 2 Blue Dragon women's basketball team play host to Kansas City and Neosho County in the 2014 Atrium Thanksgiving Classic this weekend at the Sports Arena. (Stephanie Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)		    			For the second time this season, HCC sophomore Kalani Purcell was named the Jayhawk Conference women's basketball Player of the Week after the program's first Triple-Double on Saturday vs. Coffeyville.
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BLUE DRAGONS OUTLAST EL CENTRO TO CAPTURE EIGHTH-STRAIGHT WIN

Basketball - Men | 11.29.14

The No. 22 Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball team withstood a 34-point effort by Ricky Horn and hot-shooting El Centro College to rally and defeat the Chaparrals 96-77 on opening night of the Atrium Thanksgiving Classic on Friday at the Sports Arena.

Hutchinson trailed by as many as five points three times in the first half and trailed 42-39 at halftime. Tied at 60-all with 12:16 remaining in the second half, the Blue Dragons finally seized control with a 19-4 run. The Blue Dragons shot 59.5 percent in the second half to outscore El Centro 57-35.

Still HCC (8-1) was out-shot by the Chaparrals, which shot 56.1 percent for the game after shooting a blistering 63.0 percent (17 of 27) in the second half. Horn had 19 points in the first half and finished with the second-most points scored by a Blue Dragon opponent at 34 after shooting 13 of 18 overall and 6 of 8 from 3-point range.

The Blue Dragons countered with five players scoring in double figures led by sophomore DeShawn Freeman’s 24 points on 11 of 17 shooting. Freeman added six rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals.

Freshman Bashier Ahmed tied a season high with 18 points. Freshman Che Bob came off the bench to add 16 points. Freshman Akbar Hoffman finished with 13 points and freshman Keanu Pinder was 5 of 5 shooting to finish with 10 points.

The Blue Dragons hit a season-high 41 shots on 78 attempts. HCC was 3 of 14 from 3-point range and a season-low 11 of 24 from the free-throw line. Hutchinson out-rebounded El Centro 44-24. The Dragons had a season-high 13 steals and a season-low 11 turnovers.

El Centro hit 32 of 57 shots, including an opponent season-high 11 3-pointers on 20 attempts. The Chaparrals were just 2 of 3 from the foul line. El Centro had 20 turnovers.

There were seven lead changes in the first 8 1/2 minutes of the game. Horn’s 3-pointer with 11:44 remaining in the half gave El Centro a 19-16 lead. The Chaparrals built the lead to 32-27 with 5:59 to play.  HCC then scored seven unanswered points to build a 36-32 lead 4:10 to play after two Bob free throws.

The Chaparrals tied the game at 37-all on a Horn 3-pointer and took a 42-39 lead with a Joseph Stafford trey with 17 seconds to play in the half.

El Centro hit 17 of 27 shots to HCC’s 16 of 36. There were 11 lead changes and seven ties in the opening half.

Horn continued to make the Sports Arena uneasy with a 3-pointer at the 14:56 mark of the second half to give El Centro a 55-54 lead for the game’s 17th lead change. The Blue Dragons, who at halftime decided to make a conscious effort to pound the ball inside against the much-shorter Chaparrals, grabbed the lead right back on a Freeman inside hoop to make it 56-55 HCC with 14:39 remaining.

Stafford’s 3-point goal with 12:16 to play tied the game at 60-all. A Freeman jumper, back-to-back layups by Ahmed and Hoffman and a Bob jumper gave HCC a 68-60 lead with 10:13 remaining. Back came El Centro with back-to-back buckets to slice the HCC lead in half at 68-64 with 9:22 to play.

HCC then finally put the game away with 11 unanswered points to complete a 19-4 run that was capped off by an Ahmed three-point play that gave Hutchinson an 84-69 lead with 4:33 to play.

The Blue Dragons will play Frank Phillips College at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in the final game of the Atrium Thanksgiving Classic. El Centro will play the Northwest Tech junior varsity at 3:30 p.m.

GAME NOTES – HCC claimed all-time win No. 1,662. … HCC is now 1-1 when being out-shot by an opponent. … The Dragons are 2-0 this season when trailing at halftime. … This was DeShawn Freeman’s sixth 20-point game this season. … The 57 second-half points tied a season high. … HCC had a season high of 23 assists. … El Centro’s 24 rebounds were a season low for an HCC opponent this season. … Sophomore Austin Budke had a career high nine rebounds. … DeShawn Freeman had a career-high-tying 11 free throws.

(HCC Sports Information)


NO. 2 HUTCH WOMEN MAKE DEVILS FEEL BLUE WITH BIG SECOND HALF

Basketball - Women | 11.29.14

The Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team shot nearly 70 percent in the second half and used a decisive 11-0 run in the middle stages of the final period as the No. 2-ranked Blue Dragons defeated Division II, No. 18-ranked Kansas City 83-55 on opening night of the Atrium Thanksgiving Classic on Friday at the Sports Arena.

The Blue Dragons were having trouble shaking the Blue Devils in a battle of Jayhawk Conference unbeaten. HCC led 50-44 with 13:19 to play in the second half. Hutchinson finally got some separation with an 11-0 run over the next 3 minutes 22 seconds. That surge was the initial part of an overall 26-3 run that gave Hutch a 76-47 lead with 4:30 remaining after a Clemence LeFebvre 3-pointer.

Hutchinson hit 15 of 22 shots (68.2 percent) in the second half, including a pair of 3-pointers. Kansas City was limited to 7 of 27 (25.9 percent) in the final half. HCC outscored Kansas City 43-24 in the second half.

Sophomore  Kalani Purcell and LeFebvre scored 19 points each to lead the Blue Dragons (7-0) to their 104th consecutive victory at the Sports Arena and 23rd in a row against Jayhawk East opponents.

Purcell hit 9 of 12 shots and had nine rebounds, while LeFebvre was 4 of 6 shooting, including 3 of 3 from 3-point range and 8 of 8 from the free-throw line.

Freshman Cynthia Petke posted her third double-double of the season with 14 points and a season-high tying 15 rebounds. Sophomore Sydney Benoit was the fourth Blue Dragon in double figures with 10 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Taylor Jones just missed double figures with nine points.

HCC shot better than 50 percent for the second-straight game and third time this season at 51.9 percent (28 of 54). Hutch was 5 of 11 from 3-point range and 22 of 31 from the free-throw line.

Kansas City (7-1) shot just 30 percent for the game at 18 of 60, hitting 9 of 31 from 3-point range and 10 of 20 from the foul line.

The Blue Dragons out-rebounded the Blue Devils 49-26.

Cierra Gaines led Kansas City with 17 points, hitting five 3-point goals, the most by a Blue Dragon opponent in a game this season.

Kansas City had six first-half 3-point goals to make the Blue Dragons uncomfortable. HCC scored the first five points of the game, but KCK scored the next seven and led 10-7 after a Gaines 3-pointer with 16:01 remaining in the half.

Trailing 15-12, KCK tied the game with a Rashaun Casey trey with 13:00 minutes to go. The Dragons then scored eight points in a row to lead 23-15 with 9:12 remaining after a Benoit free throw. Gaines hit another 3-pointer to pull the Blue Devils within 23-20 and another Gaines trey cut a seven-point Hutch lead to 27-23 with 5:56 to play.

HCC surged with a 7-1 run to push the lead to 34-24 with 4:18 to go after two LeFebvre free throws. Leading 37-31, LeFebvre gave Hutchinson a big boost with a 3-point goal with 1 second remaining in the half for a 40-31 lead at intermission.

Cheyenne North’s field goal with 13:19 remaining in the second half helped KCK cut what was an 11-point second-half Hutch down to 46-40. Sophomore Alyx Bloom hit a 3-pointer at the 12:50 mark and that sparked an 11-0 Dragon run that pushed the HCC lead out to 61-44 with 9:57 remaining in the game.

Gaines stopped the 11-0 run with her fifth 3-point goal of the game, but HCC was rolling by that point and scored another 16 unanswered to close out an overall 26-3 run over a stretch over 8 minutes, 49 seconds to build a 76-47 lead after a LeFebvre 3-pointer with 4:30 to play in the contest.

Hutchinson will conclude the Atrium Thanksgiving Classic at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday with Neosho County. Kansas City will play Dodge City at 1:30 p.m.

GAME NOTES – The Blue Dragons have not allowed 262-straight opponents to shoot better than 50 percent in a game. … HCC earned its 56th consecutive regular-season non-conference victory dating back to 2010. … HCC is now 14-5 all-time vs. Kansas City, winning eight games in a row against the Blue Devils. … This was Hutchinson’s seventh-straight game to start the season with 20 or more assists. HCC tied a season low with 20 assists. …. KCK had an opponent-high nine 3-point goals. … Clemence LeFebvre tied a season high with eight free throws.

(HCC Sports Information)


DRAGON MEN PREPARE FOR HOLIDAY BATTLES VS. EL CENTRO, FRANK PHILLIPS

Basketball - Men | 11.27.14

As much of a tradition as Thanksgiving itself, the No. 22 Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball team will play host to the Atrium Thanksgiving Classic this weekend at the Sports Arena.

Winners of six-straight games, the Blue Dragons (7-1) will play El Centro College at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Frank Phillips College at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Northwest Tech junior varsity will be the fourth team in the Atrium Classic field.

The Blue Dragons ran their win streak to six games with a strong second half in a 90-62 victory over Lamar on Monday night at the Sports Arena.

That has been the trend for the last two games for HCC, a slow start followed by a dominant second half. HCC has outscored its last two opponents 99-51 in the second halves of victories over Central Nebraska and Lamar.

El Centro is an upcoming program out of the Dallas area. Frank Phillips College is 9-2 and has won their last four games. Hutchinson will be the third Jayhawk West team the Plainsmen have met this season.

2014 ATRIUM THANKSGIVING CLASSIC
Game 9
: No. 22 Hutchinson vs. El Centro College
Date: Friday, November 28, 2014
Tipoff: 7:30 p.m.
Site: Hutchinson Sports Arena (Capacity: 7,000)
Radio: KHUT-FM (102.9); KWBW-AM/FM (1450/98.5), 7:20 p.m.
Internet and Live Stats: www.bluedragonsports.com

Game 10: No. 22 Hutchinson vs. Frank Phillips College
Date
: Saturday, November 29, 2014
Tipoff: 7:30 p.m.
Site: Hutchinson Sports Arena (Capacity: 7,000)
Radio: KHUT-FM (102.9); KWBW-AM/FM (1450/98.5), 7:20 p.m.
Internet and Live Stats: www.bluedragonsports.com

ATRIUM THANKSGIVING CLASSIC SCHEDULE
Friday, November 28

3:30 p.m. - Frank Phillips vs. Northwest Tech JV
7:30 p.m. - Hutchinson vs. El Centro College
Saturday, November 29
3:30 p.m. - El Centro College vs. Northwest Tech
7:30 p.m. - Hutchinson vs. Frank Phillips College

About the 2014-15 Blue Dragons
+ The Blue Dragons are averaging 86.3 points offensively. HCC shoots 49.3 percent from the field. The Dragons are improving from long range, averaging 5.4 makes from deep and shooting 35.5 percent from behind the arc.

+ Getting to the free-throw line is a huge part of the Blue Dragons’ game. HCC is shooting 70.6 percent as a team, fifth best in the Jayhawk Conference. The Dragons are first in the Jayhawk and eighth in the NJCAA in made free throws at 21.9 per game.

+ The Blue Dragons are allowing 68.8 points per contest. Opposing teams are shooting 36.1 percent overall and 34.0 percent from 3-point range. HCC allows an average of 8.1 made treys per game.

+ Sophomore forward DeShawn Freeman leads the Blue Dragons in scoring and is one of four players in double figures at 22.9 points per game, Freeman is the Jayhawk Conference’s leading scorer and ranks 18th in the NJCAA. Freeman is shooting 57.3 percent overall land 75.0 percent from the foul line. Freeman is eighth in the Jayhawk in rebounding at 8.7 caroms per game.

+ Freshman Bashier Ahmed has a team-high four double-doubles and is second in scoring at 14.9 points per game. He is shooting 50.6 percent from the field and had a team-high 13 3-pointers, shooting 48.3 percent from deep. Ahmed is HCC’s leading rebounder at 8.8 boards per game. He has team highs of 20 assists and 19 steals.

+ Sophomore Austin Budke has a pair of 20-point games this season and is third in scoring at 13.8 points per game. Budke is shooting 45.7 percent and has a team-high 80 percent from the foul line.

+ Freshman Che Bob is the leading scorer off the bench at 10.4 points per contest. He is shooting right at 50 percent overall, 34.8 percent from 3-point range and 70.8 percent from the free-throw line.

+ The Dragons are averaging 29.8 points per game off the bench. Che Bob and Akbar Hoffman (9.3 ppg) lead HCC off the bench.

+ Hutchinson ranks fourth in the Jayhawk Conference in rebounding at 46.3 boards per contest. The Dragons are averaging 16.0 offensive rebounds per game. HCC is allowing 33.4 total rebounds and 14.3 offensive boards per game.

+ Turnovers have been an issue for the Blue Dragons through the non-conference season. The Blue Dragons have had 15 or more turnovers in 7 of 8 games so far and more than 20 in three of those games with a season high 27. The Dragons are turning the ball over 20.4 times per game, while forcing only 17.1.

+ HCC is averaging 15.0 assists, 9.6 steals and a Jayhawk Conference-best 6.9 blocked shots per game. That blocked shots mark is seventh best in the NJCAA. Moataz Aly has a team-high 14 blocked shots. Che Bob has 12 blocks.

Scouting El Centro
+ El Centro is a part of the Dallas Community College system.

+ The entire Chaparral roster is from the Dallas metropolitan area.

+ No stats were available on El Centro.

Scouting Frank Phillips
+ The Plainsmen are 9-2 entering play over the weekend. Frank Phillips College have played only three NJCAA teams, all from Region VI. The Plainsmen suffered losses to Northwest Tech and Seward County and defeated Garden City on a neutral floor. Frank Phillips has won four games in a row.

+ Frank Phillips has been an offensive machine averaging 101.6 points per game early in the season. That mark ranks seventh in the NJCAA. The Plainsmen are eighth in the nation in field-goal percentage at 54.1 percent. Averaging nearly 10 3-pointers per game, FPC is shooting 37.2 percent. The Plainsmen are shooting 69.4 percent from the free-throw line.

+ FPC is allowing 69.7 points per game, allowing 83.0 points against NJCAA competition.

+ Frank Phillips boasts a balanced attack with five players scoring in double figures and two others above 8.0 points per contest.

+ Freshman guard/forward Alize Johnson averages 12.9 points per game. He is shooting 65.3 percent from the field and averages a team-high 7.5 rebounds per game.

+ Sophomore center Julian Thomas is at 12.8 points per game, shooting 71.4 percent with 5.3 rebounds per game.

+ Sophomore guard Kwame Edwards is at 12.4 points per game. Edwards shoots 53.8 percent from the field and 44.8 percent from 3-point range.

+ Guard Stan Whittaker is averaging 11.1 points per game, shooting 53.2 percent.

+ Rokas Paulauskas is at 10.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. He is shooting 68.4 percent.

+ Joe Lester averages 10.2 points per game. Japhet Sophus-Davis and Rasheed Swanston are both at 8.5 points per game.

+ The Plainsmen are averaging 47.9 rebounds per game and allows only 28.7 boards per contest.

+ FPC is averaging 25.5 assists per game led by Lucious McKay’s 5.4 and Whittaker’s 4.8 assists per game.

+ The Plainsmen average 11.4 steals per game. Johnson leads individually at 1.8 per game.

+ Frank Phillips takes care of the ball with only 14.5 turnovers per game, forcing 19.5.

Series history Atrium Thanksgiving Classic Field
Friday’s meeting with El Centro will be the first between the Blue Dragons and Chaparrals. This will be the first of two meetings between Hutchinson and a Dallas Community College program. HCC will play host to NJCAA Division III Northlake College on December 13.

Saturday’s meeting with Frank Phillips College will be the 10th in the series between the Blue Dragons and Plainsmen. It will be the third-straight year the programs have met.

Hutchinson has a 9-1 series advantage over Frank Phillips, winning the last nine games all played at the Sports Arena.

Frank Phillips’ lone win in the series came on its home floor, 79-67, in December of 1956.

(HCC Sports Information)


NO. 2 HUTCH FACES JAYHAWK EAST FOES IN ATRIUM THANKSGIVING CLASSIC

Basketball - Women | 11.27.14

Winners of six-straight games to open the season, the No. 2-ranked Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team faces a pair of Jayhawk East foes this weekend in the Atrium Thanksgiving Classic at the Sports Arena.

The Blue Dragons (6-0) will meet undefeated Kansas City (7-0) at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. KCK is ranked No. 18 in NJCAA Division II. HCC will meet 6-5 Neosho County at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Dodge City is the fourth team in the Classic field.

The opportunity exists that the Blue Dragons could move up to No. 1 in the first regular-season poll, which will be released next Wednesday. No. 1 Trinity Valley lost to Midland College on Nov. 21. HCC defeated Midland 76-50 on Nov. 14 in Liberal.

The Blue Dragons enter play this weekend with a pair of victories over No. 23 State Fair and Jayhawk East rival Coffeyville. The win over Coffeyville was the 22nd in a row against Jayhawk East competition.

Last time out, KCK defeated Jefferson College 92-74 and Wentworth Military 103-31. Neosho County opened conference play on Tuesday with a 69-49 win against Fort Scott.

2014 ATRIUM THANKSGIVING CLASSIC
No. 2 Hutchinson vs. DII-No. 18 Kansas City

Date: Friday, November 28, 2014          Tipoff: 5:30 p.m.
Site: Sports Arena (Capacity: 7,000), Hutchinson, KS
Live Radio: None   Live Radio: Blue Dragon Sports Network
Internet Stream and Live Stats: www.bluedragonsports.com

No. 2 Hutchinson vs. Neosho County
Date
: Friday, November 29, 2014
Tipoff: 5:30 p.m.
Site: Sports Arena (Capacity: 7,000), Hutchinson, KS
Live Radio: None   Live Radio: Blue Dragon Sports Network
Internet Stream and Live Stats: www.bluedragonsports.com

Atrium Thanksgiving Classic Schedule
Friday, November 28

1:30 p.m. - Dodge City vs. Neosho County
5:30 p.m. - Hutchinson vs. Kansas City
Saturday, November 29
1:30 p.m. - Dodge City vs. Kansas City
5:30 p.m. - Hutchinson vs. Neosho County

About the Blue Dragons
+ The Blue Dragons rank fifth in the Jayhawk Conference in scoring at 82.8 points per game. HCC is fourth in the nation in field-goal percentage at 50.0 percent. The Dragons have struggled from long range at 29.1 percent, hitting just 4.3 treys per game. Hutch is sixth in the Jayhawk in free-throw shooting at 70.9 percent.

+ Defensively, the Blue Dragons are allowing 52.5 points per game. Five of 6 opponents have shot under 40 percent. Overall, HCC is allowing 28.5 percent overall shooting and 28.0 percent from 3-point range.

+ Sophomore forward Kalani Purcell is third in the Jayhawk Conference and 12th in the NJCAA in scoring at 21.8 points per game. Shooting 63.2 percent from the field, Purcell is second in the league and No. 16 in the nation. She is second in the league in rebounding at 11.2 boards per game. Purcell ranks sixth in the Jayhawk in assists (41).

+ Freshman Cynthia Petke is second on the team in scoring at 15.3 points per game, ranking 13th in the Jayhawk Conference. She has scored in double figures in all six games this season. Petke ranks 10th in the league in field-goal percentage at 57.9 percent. Her 10.2 rebounding average is third in the Jayhawk.

+ Freshman Clemence LeFebvre is HCC’s third-leading scorer at 14.3 points per game, shooting 45.7 percent overall and 79.2 percent from the free-throw line. LeFebvre also averages 6.3 rebounds.

+ Sophomore Sydney Benoit has a pair of 20-point games this season and is fourth in scoring at 12.5 points per game. Benoit has a team-high 12 3-pointers and shoots 44.4 percent from deep and 73.3 percent from the foul line.

+ The Blue Dragons are second in the Jayhawk Conference and 15th in the NJCAA in rebounding at 50.8 boards per game. The Dragons are allowing 29.7 rebounds per game. HCC is getting an average of 16.3 offensive rebounds per game. Hutchinson has had 50 or more rebounds three times this season with season high of 62.

+ Hutchinson is No. 1 in the Jayhawk and No. 2 in the NJCAA in assists. Purcell averages 6.8 assists per game, sophomore Alyx Bloom average 4.7 and LeFebvre averages 4.5 assists per game.

+ In comparison to other seasons, the 2014-15 Blue Dragons aren’t forcing as many turnovers so far this season at 17.2 takeaways per game. HCC is averaging 18.7 turnovers. The Dragons are averaging 9.3 steals per game.

+ Hutchinson’s bench is scoring 13.7 points per game. Taylor Jones is the top scorer off the bench for HCC averaging 6.8 points per game.

Scouting Kansas City
+ The Blue Devils roll into the weekend undefeated at 7-0. The last time out, Kansas City overpowered Wentworth Military Academy 103-31. KCK has won victory over an NJCAA Division I opponent, defeating Jefferson College 92-74 last Friday.

+ KCK is second in the Jayhawk Conference and second in NJCAA Division II in scoring at 93.9 points per game. The Blue Devils have scored 90 or more points in 6 of 7 games played. They are seventh in the conference in field-goal shooting at 43.4 percent. Kansas City is No. 1 in the Jayhawk in made 3s at 8.6 per game and 11th in 3-point percentage at 30.0 percent from the arc.

+ KCK is allowing 50.0 points per game, 59.0 per game against four NJCAA opponents.

+ Sophomore guard Cierra Gaines is KCK’s leading scorer at 17.6 points per game. She is shooting 42.6 percent overall, 40.0 percent from 3-point range. Gaines also averages 5.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game.

+ Sophomore guard Cassidy Harbert averages 10.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, and team highs of 7.4 assists and 4.1 steals per game. Harbert shoots 48.1 percent overall and 70.4 percent from the foul line.

+ Freshman forward Cheyenne North averages 10.6 points per game. Janat Mitchell averages 9.9 and Sierra Roberts averages 9.3 points per game.

+ KCK is averaging 49.1 rebounds, 21.9 offensive boards per game. The Blue Devils give up 40.9 boards. North is KCK’s top rebounder at 8.7 rebounds per game.

+ The Blue Devils average 22.7 assists, 21.7 steals and 16.9 turnovers per game. They are forcing 16.7 turnovers per game.

Scouting Neosho County
+ The Panthers opened Jayhawk East play on Tuesday with a 69-49 victory over Fort Scott. Before than win, Neosho County had dropped 5 of the previous 6 games. Before that, the Panthers started the season with four-straight wins against four NAIA junior varsity teams. Neosho County is 1-3 vs. NJCAA competition this season.

+ Neosho County is averaging 67.6 points per game while shooting 35.4 percent from the field, 31.4 percent from 3-point range and 60.9 percent from the foul line. The Panthers average 6.5 made 3-pointers per game.

+ Defensively, Neosho County is allowing 64.9 points, 35.8 percent shooting and 25.0 percent from 3-point range.

+ Six different players average at least seven players for the Panthers, led by freshman guard Olivia Ulrich at 10.2 points per game. Ulrich is one of three main 3-point threats for the Panthers at 30.3 percent from deep, averaging 2.1 made treys per game.

+ Sophomore guard Denise Levine is averaging 9.1 points per game, shooting 39.2 percent from 3-point range.

+ Hannah Jones averages 8.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Autumn Lipscomb averages 7.9 points per game. Michaela Hinton averages 7.7 points and Hailey Mayfield averages 7.6 points per game.

+ Neosho County out-rebounds its opponents 42.7-41.7. Madigan Gonzales is Neosho’s top rebounder at 7.4 boards per game.

+ The Panthers average 14.6 assists per game and is led by Jordan Braun’s 2.6 assists per game. Neosho County averages 10.7 steals and 2.2 blocked shots.

Series Histories vs. Atrium Thanksgiving Classic foes
Friday’s meeting with Kansas City will be the 19th time the Blue Dragons and Blue Devils have meet, the first since 2010.

HCC has a 13-5 series lead, with seven consecutive victories over the Blue Devils.

Hutchinson is 7-1 against Kansas City in games played at the Sports Arena and 6-4 on neutral courts. HCC has never played at Kansas City.

Saturday’s meeting with Neosho County will be the 21st between the Blue Dragons and Panthers. HCC is 19-1 all-time against Neosho County, winning the last 17 against the Panthers. Neosho County’s only win in the series game in 1989.

HCC is 12-1 against Neosho County in games played at the Sports Arena, 2-0 in games played in Chanute and 5-0 on neutral courts.

(HCC Sports Information)


AFTER TRIPLE-DOUBLE, HCC’S PURCELL NAMED KJCCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Basketball - Women | 11.25.14

Coming off a week where she made a bit of history, Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball sophomore Kalani Purcell was named the Jayhawk Conference Player of the Week.

Purcell, a 6-foot-2 forward from Hamilton, New Zealand, achieved Hutchinson women’s basketball’s first-ever triple-double on Saturday in a victory over Coffeyville at the Sports Arena. That performance came after her 22nd career double-double on Friday in a victory over No. 23 State Fair.

Purcell had 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to lead No. 2 Hutchinson past Coffeyville. Purcell had her fourth double-double of the season on Friday with 17 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, four steals and three blocked shots against State Fair.

For the week, Purcell averaged 18.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.5 blocked shots while shooting 60.0 percent from the field and 85.7 percent from the free-throw line.

This is the second time this season and fifth time in her career that Purcell earned conference Player of the Week honors.

She is eligible for NJCAA National honors. That award will be announced on Wednesday.

(HCC Sports Information)

2014-15 BLUE DRAGON/JAYHAWK CONFERENCE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Week 2: Kalani Purcell
Week 4: Kalani Purcell
 


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			Sophomore Nicole Kinser pounds down a career-best 24 kills, but the Blue Dragons dropped a five-set NJCAA Tournament consolation match to Western Nebraska on Friday in Capser, Wyo. (Andrew Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)

Volleyball | 11.21.14

HCC VOLLEYBALL’S SEASON ENDS WITH 5-SET LOSS TO WNCC AT NJCAA

		Nicole Kinser had 11 match-high kills, but the Blue Dragon volleyball team had a tough tough time in a 3-0 loss to No. 2 Blinn College on Thursday in the opening round of the NJCAA Tournament in Capser, WY. (Andrew Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)

Volleyball | 11.20.14

BLUE DRAGONS DROP NJCAA NATIONAL VOLLEYBALL OPENER TO BLINN

			The Blue Dragon men's basketball team plays host to Western Texas on Friday and Central Nebraska on Saturday in the AMBUCS Classic at the Sports Arena.

Basketball - Men | 11.20.14

HCC MEN DRAW WESTERN TEXAS, CENTRAL NEBRASKA IN AMBUCS CLASSIC

		HCC women's head coach John Ontjes goes after the Blue Dragon women's basketball program's career record for coaching wins as No. 2 HCC plays No. 23 State Fair and Coffeyville this weekend in the AMBUCS Classic at the Sports Arena.

Basketball - Women | 11.20.14

ONTJES GOES AFTER WINS RECORD AS HCC WOMEN FACE BIG WEEKEND TESTS

			HCC head coach Patrick Hall speaks with his team during a workout session at the NJCAA National Tournament on Wednesday at the Casper Events Center. (Andrew Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)

Volleyball | 11.19.14

BLUE DRAGONS MAKE FINAL PREP FOR NATIONAL VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT

			HCC women's head coach John Ontjes tied the program record for coaching wins with his 225th victory in No. 2 Hutchinson's 74-36 victory over South Plains College in the Billy's/Days Inn Classic in Liberal. (Stephanie Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)

Basketball - Women | 11.15.14

ONTJES TIES PROGRAM RECORD FOR COACHING WINS AS HCC WOMEN ROLL

			DeShawn Freeman had a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead the No. 22-ranked Blue Dragons to a 79-73 come-from-behind victory over Hesston College on Friday night. (Stephanie Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)

Basketball - Men | 11.15.14

BLUE DRAGON MEN RALLY LATE TO DEFEAT HESSTON COLLEGE

			Clemence LeFebvre had 23 points to pace the No. 2 Blue Dragon women's basketball team to a 76-50 victory over Midland College on Friday in the Billy's/Days Inn Classic in Liberal (Shannon Donaldson/HCC Sports Information)

Basketball - Women | 11.15.14

HCC WOMEN ROLL PAST MIDLAND COLLEGE ON DAY 1 BILLY’S/DAYS INN CLASSIC

							The Blue Dragon men's basketball team travels to Hesston College at 7 p.m. on Friday night in Hesston. (Shannon Donaldson/HCC Sports Information)

Basketball - Men | 11.14.14

BLUE DRAGONS TO MAKE FIRST-EVER TRIP TO HESSTON COLLEGE’S YOST CENTER