BLUE DRAGONS LOOK TO REBOUND FROM FIRST SETBACK OF SEASON

Lauryn Mapusua and the Blue Dragons play host to Northwest Tech at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Sports Arena. (Bre Rogers/Blue Dragon Sports Information)
Lauryn Mapusua and the Blue Dragons play host to Northwest Tech at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Sports Arena. (Bre Rogers/Blue Dragon Sports Information)
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BLUE DRAGON WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

No. 10 Hutchinson (22-1, 13-1) vs. Northwest Tech (0-22, 0-14)

When: Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Where: Hutchinson Sports Arena
Game time: 5:30 p.m.
Live Radio: KHUT-FM (102.9), KWBW-AM/FM (1450/98.5), 5:25 p.m.
Live Video: Blue Dragon Sports Network, 5:25 p.m.
Live Stats: BlueDragonSports.com
Twitter: @bluedragonsport
Game Sponsor: Great Clips

Hutchinson CC Sports Information

The Hutchinson Community College women's basketball team hopes to put last Saturday behind it as soon as possible.

The No 10-ranked Blue Dragons come off their first loss of the season over the weekend, including their worst single half in a 17-point loss to Seward County. Hutchinson looks to rebound Wednesday when Northwest Kansas Tech comes into the Sports Arena for the first time as a Jayhawk Conference team.

Game time is 5:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Blue Dragon flagship station KHUT-FM (102.9) and on sister stations KWBW-AM/FM (1450/98.5) with Glen Grunwald (play-by-play) and Rusty Hilst (analysis) calling the action beginning at 5:25 p.m. The Blue Dragon Sports Network will provide the live video stream the game live at 5:25 p.m.

Entering play on Wednesday, Hutchinson and Seward County are tied atop the Jayhawk West standings at 13-1 with seven games to play.

Not only do the Dragons have to rebound from simply a loss, Hutchinson faltered on both ends of the court in the second half against Seward County. Hutch had leads as large as eight points, but was outscored by the Saints 37-15 in the second half.

That performance came on the heels of perhaps the best half of basketball this season in last Wednesday's win at Barton where the Blue Dragons shot better than 63 percent and scored 53 points by halftime.

Now the Blue Dragons begin the second round of Jayhawk West games with Northwest Tech on Wednesday.

Hutchinson dominated the first meeting 105-51. The Dragons shot 50 percent for the game and nailed 12 3-pointers. Defensively, Northwest Tech's N'Dea Flye scored 24 points, but overall, Hutchinson held the Mavericks to 27.0 percent shooting and forced 18 Tech turnovers.

Coming off a 20-win season a year ago, Northwest Tech is going through a rough 2019 season at 0-22, 0-14 in the Jayhawk West. On Saturday, the Mavericks lost 79-52 at Dodge City. On Jan. 26, they came close to a first win, but lost to Pratt 70-69.

Since Hutchinson's trip to Goodland on January 14, the Mavericks have been a much better offensive team 64.5 points per game. Northwest Tech is averaging 56.7 points for the season.

Despite the loss, the Blue Dragons remain No. 1 statistically in the Jayhawk Conference in scoring offense (83.5 ppg), field-goal percentage (46.0 percent), assists (20.7 per game), scoring defense (50.3 points per game) and defensive field-goal percentage (30.4 percent).

The Blue Dragons go against a Northwest Tech defense that is 13th of 15 Jayhawk Conference teams in scoring defense at 81.3 points per game allowed. The Mavericks are 12th in field-goal defense at 41.1 percent and last in the KJCCC in 3-point defense at 31.5 percent.