BALANCE KEY TO KCKCC WOMEN’S 16-1 RECORD; NO. 9 RANKING

BALANCE KEY TO KCKCC WOMEN’S 16-1 RECORD; NO. 9 RANKING

BALANCE KEY TO KCKCC WOMEN'S 16-1 RECORD; NO. 9 RANKING

 

            You need to go no farther than balance to find the success for Kansas City Kansas Community College's streaking women's basketball team.

            Winning their ninth in a row 80-46 at Allen County Saturday night, the No. 9 ranked Lady Blue Devils were led in scoring by freshman forward Janai Mitchell, who had 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists to become the eighth player to lead a game in scoring. With four players averaging in double figures, KCKCC has a total of eight players averaging seven or more points a game.

            "It was a real good performance," said KCKCC Coach Valerie Stambersky. "All four of our post players scored in double figures which is a good sign."

            Now 16-1 going into Monday's home game with Wentworth Military Academy, KCKCC's only loss is to No. 1 ranked North Iowa Community College 91-87. KCKCC is one of three Jayhawk teams ranked among the Top 10 in Division II. Johnson County, who the Blue Devils play Jan. 22, is ranked No. 2 and Highland No. 5.

            Bailey West added 17 points and nine rebounds, Iland Shurn 15 points and seven rebounds and Julia Garrard 13 points and eight rebounds while Cassidy Harbert led in assists with six and steals with five. Defensively, KCKCC limited Allen to 27.8 percent shooting, forced 22 turnovers and had a 48-31 rebound advantage.