BLUE DRAGON WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
No. 8 Hutchinson (9-0, 2-0) at Neosho County (4-8, 1-1)
When: Wednesday, November 5, 2018
Hutchinson CC Sports Information
With the prospect of a Top 10 nationally ranked battle looming for the Hutchinson Community College women's basketball team on Saturday at the Sports Arena, the No. 8 Blue Dragons dare not look past a Wednesday road trip to Neosho County.
The Blue Dragons (9-0, 2-0 Jayhawk West) meet the much-improved Panthers (4-8, 1-1 Jayhawk East) at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Panther Gymnasium in Chanute. This will be the only regular-season meeting between Hutchinson and Neosho County.
The game will be broadcast live on Blue Dragon flagship station KHUT-FM (102.9) and sister stations KWBW-AM/FM (1450/98.5) at 5:25 p.m. with Glen Grunwald (play-by-play) and Daren Dunn (analysis) calling the action. The game will also be videostreamed on the Blue Dragon Sports Network at 5:25 p.m.
The Blue Dragons shrugged off their worst single half of the season on Saturday to win a ninth-straight game to start the season in a 53-41 win over Independence at the Sports Arena. The Blue Dragons bid for their fifth 10-0 start to a season in the John Ontjes era.
Hutchinson's defense has been tremendous this season, holding 8 of 9 opponents to less than 40 percent shooting. In two KJCCC games, the Dragons limited to Coffeyville and Independence to 43.0 points per game and 22.4 percent shooting. The Dragons have forced 49 turnovers in two conference games.
The Blue Dragons' defense – currently ranked No. 3 in the Jayhawk – will have a big test with the league's No. 4 scoring offense in Neosho County.
The Panthers are averaging 76.8 points per game and are second in the league with 80 made 3-pointers in 12 games. Neosho County is also very adept at getting to the free-throw line with league highs of 173 makes and 289 attempts from the stripe.
Neosho County won its conference opener, defeating Colby 84-72 one week ago, but lost to Dodge City 87-76 and dropped a 107-99 shootout on Monday to Redlands.
Calea Augustin leads four Neosho players in double-figure scoring at 11.7 points per game. Jessica Jones averages 10.8 points, Chrissy Brown is at 10.2 points and Erica Birch is at 10.1 points per game. Augustin and Jones are major 3-point threats. Augustin averages 2.5 treys per game and shoots 31.1 percent from distance. Jones averages 2.1 3-pointers per game at 38 percent efficiency.
The Blue Dragons return home on Saturday to meet No. 6 Butler at 5:30 p.m. in the Sports Arena.