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No. 1 KCC women rally for 13th win

MILWAUKEE - The top-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team rallied  from a 13-point deficit Saturday and topped 13th-ranked Briggs &  Stratton, 78-71, in the final round of the Bobcast Classic.

The Eagles (13-0) trailed 22-9 after the first quarter, but they  outscored Briggs & Stratton 27-12 in the second period to take a 36-34  edge at halftime.

Kirkwood hit 10 of 12 free throws in the final 2:18 to secure the victory.

Ju Gaston led the Eagles with 16 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 3  steals. Tatiana Hodges-Johnson collected a double-double with 14  points and 14 rebounds.

Kemara Watson provided 13 points and six rebounds. Natalie Tomaszewski  grabbed 11 rebounds and scored nine points.


KCC men earn 3-week break

QUINCY, Ill. - The 12th-ranked Kirkwood men's basketball team raised  its record to 10-3 Saturday with a 69-59 victory over John Wood  College on the road.

The Eagles will return to action in three weeks on Saturday, Jan. 4 at  Illinois Valley Community College.

Devonte Thedford shot 8 for 11 from the floor and led Kirkwood with 17  points. DJ Purnell collected a double-double with 15 points and 10  rebounds off the bench, along with four steals. Griffin Clark popped  in three 3-pointers and scored 10 points.

Kirkwood held John Wood (5-9) to 25 points in the second half. Dallas Bryson scored 14 points for the Blazers.


Baker holds off Mount Mercy men

A furious rally fell a little short for the Mount Mercy men's  basketball team Saturday afternoon.

Baker trimmed the Mustangs, 82-78, in a Heart of America Conference  game that came down to the final seconds at the Hennessey Recreation  Center.

Mount Mercy trailed by 22 points, 61-39, early in the second half, but  the Mustangs caught fire and pulled within 80-78 on a 3-pointer by  Streeter McIlravy with 15 seconds left.

Baker hit two free throws with 10 seconds remaining for the final  four-point margin.


Mount Mercy women fall to Baker

The Mount Mercy women's basketball team lost to Baker, 69-62, in a  Heart of America Conference game at the Hennessey Recreation Center  Saturday.

The Mustangs trailed by a single point, 43-42, entering the fourth  quarter, but they could not get enough stops in the final period for  the victory.

Chailey Cabalis scored 15 points for Mount Mercy (2-8, 1-6). Sofia  Popp contributed 14 points and Brianna Thomas had 13 points.

Abby Bird and Taylor Smith scored 18 points apiece for Baker (5-6 2-6).


No. 1 Eagles cruise to 12-0 record

MILWAUKEE - Paige Bradford and Natalie Tomaszewski scored 14 points  apiece Friday night as the top-ranked Kirkwood Eagles raised their  record to 12-0 with a 90-43 victory over John Wood in the opening  round of the Bobcat Classic.

Bradford, who leads NJCAA Division II in shooting at 69.7 percent,  went 6-for-11 from the field and collected nine rebounds, three  assists, three steals and one blocked shot.

Kemara Watson scored 12 points for Kirkwood. Ju Gaston contributed 10  points and five assists. Kortney Drake had six assists.

John Wood (2-11) shot 18.8 percent from the floor (12 of 64).


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