One game after setting a team record for consecutive wins to start a season, the No. 2-ranked Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team bids to grab another team record on Wednesday when the Lady Dragons travel to Colby for a 6 p.m. tip at the Colby Community Building.
The Lady Dragons (25-0, 12-0 Jayhawk West) have won 24-straight Jayhawk West regular-season games dating back to last year. The HCC women’s basketball program last won 24-straight conference games from 1977 to 1979.
The defending Jayhawk West champions also look to clinch at least a tie for a second-straight conference crown. Entering play on Wednesday, the Lady Dragons have a three-game lead over second-place Seward County and Cloud County with four games to play.
Hutchinson comes off its worst offensive output of the season when the Lady Dragons defeated Barton 59-44. HCC also had a season-low shot percentage of 32.3 percent, but still defeated Barton for the sixth-straight time.
Since HCC’s 90-41 victory over Colby on Jan. 21 at the Sports Arena, the Trojans have gone 2-6 over their last eight games.
Colby (8-19, 4-9) has dropped two straight and 4 of 5 games. On Saturday, the Trojans dropped a 68-62 decision at Butler.
Hutchinson goes after a Colby-series record 12th-straight victory.
Live Radio: Blue Dragon flagship station KHUT-FM (102.9) and sister station KWBW-AM 91450) will provide live coverage with Steve Carpenter (play-by-play) and Glen Grunwald (Analysis) calling the action beginning at 5:45 p.m.
Internet: The Blue Dragon Sports Network will provide a live videostream beginning at 5:45 p.m. The link to BDSN can be found at BlueDragonSports.com and click on Game Day or Broadcast Schedule.
Live Statistics: Live stats will be available just before tipoff on Blue Dragon Game Day or on the Blue Dragon Sports Network Broadcast schedule at BlueDragonSports.com just before tipoff.
Hutchinson: John Ontjes is in his fifth season with the Lady Dragons. He is 139-21 with the Lady Dragons, including one Jayhawk West and one Region VI championship.
Colby: Brady Jasper is in his third season as women’s head coach at Colby. He is 27-62 with the Trojans and 0-5 against HCC this season.
ABOUT THE 2011-2012 LADY DRAGONS
The Lady Dragons continue to set a team-record offensive pace through 25 games. HCC’s 81.3 point-per-game scoring average ranks eighth in the NJCAA and first in the Jayhawk Conference.
HCC is first in the league and fifth in the nation in field goal percentage at 46.4 percent. The Lady Dragons are second in the KJCCC in 3-point shooting at 32.5 percent and is fourth in the league in free-throw percentage at 67.1 percent.
Defensively, the Lady Dragons are tops in the league and 10th in the NJCAA in scoring defense at 50.1 points per game. HCC also ranks first in the KJCCC in field-goal defense at 30.3 percent and blocked shots at 6.6 per game.
In conference play, HCC is averaging 77.3 points, is shooting 45.6 percent overall and 31.7 percent from 3-point range offensively. Defensively, Hutch is allowing 49.3 points and shoots 30.9 percent and 27.1 percent from 3-point range.
Sophomore guard Laura Patrick is eighth in the KJCCC in scoring at 13.7 points per game. Patrick ranks No. 6 in the league in made 3-pointers (1.8 per game), ranks fourth in the league in 3-point percentage (40.2), second and 10th, respectively, in free-throw percentage (87.3%) and is fourth in the Jayhawk Conference in field goal percentage (52.4%). In conference play, Patrick is averaging a team-high 15.3 points per game.
All-American Jackie Patterson is averaging 11.6 points per game. She has five double-doubles.
Sophomore Chelsea Small is averaging 10.8 points per game and is shooting 47.8 percent. Small shoots 32.7 percent from 3-point range. Small has five double-doubles this season.
Sophomore Alysse Barlow is averaging 10.0 points overall.
HCC is third in the league in rebounding at 44.8 percent. Patterson averages a team-high 7.8 rebounds (7th in the KJCCC), while Small averages 7.1 rebounds.
The Lady Dragons are No. 1 in assists at 21.6 per game. Barlow is third in the KJCCC at 4.97 assists per game. Sophomore Lanicia Lawrence averages 3.62 assists per game.
HCC is fourth in the league in steals at 11.8 per game. Barlow is seventh individually at 2.67 steals per game. Small is second in the league at 1.85 blocks.
The Trojans have dropped two straight, 4 of 5 and 6 of 8 since dropping a series-worst 49-point decision to Hutchinson on Jan. 18 at the Sports Arena.
Third-year coach Brady Jasper has a good inside presence in 2011-12
Left-handed sophomore forward Liga Vente, who was named the Jayhawk West player of the week two weeks ago, is averaging a team-high 12.7 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. She is shooting 36.7 percent, but is very active on the boards with 74 offensive caroms this season.
Sophomore forward Marie McAbee is Colby’s other double figure scorer at 12.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
Colby has a couple of 3-point snipers in Morgan Rickwartz (6.5 ppg), who has a team-high 32 treys and shoots 34.0 percent from long range. Brooke Bursiek is Colby’s third-leading scorer at 8.7 points per game. She shoots 32.6 percent with 28 treys for the season.
Offensively, Colby is averaging 58.0 points per game, shooting 35.2 percent overall and 28.5 percent from 3-point range. The Trojans are one of the better free-throw shooting teams in the Jayhawk Conference at 68.3 percent, which is No. 2 in the league behind Pratt.
Defensively, the Trojans allow a league-worse 65.7 points per game. Opposing teams are shooting 36.9 percent and 29.3 percent from 3-point range.
SERIES HISTORY WITH COLBY
This will be the 48th meeting between Hutchinson and Colby in a series that began in 1975.
The Lady Dragons have won the last 11 games in the series and have built a 35-12 series advantage. Before the current 11-game Hutchinson winning streak, Colby had am eight-game winning streak going.
HCC is 17-6 in games played at the Sports Arena and 12-6 in games played in Colby. The Lady Dragons are 4-0 on neutral courts and 2-0 in Region VI postseason meetings. Hutchinson and Colby haven’t met in Region VI play since 1977.
HCC won the first meeting this season 90-41 at the Sports Arena, the biggest margin of victory by the Lady Dragons over Colby in series history.