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Mustangs edged by St. Ambrose, 75-74

DAVENPORT - Jake Meeske made a free throw with three seconds remaining Wednesday night to snap a tie and give St. Ambrose a 75-74 victory over Mount Mercy in a non-conference basketball game on the Leo Kilfoy Court inside of Lee Lohman Arena in Davenport.

Mychael Brawner-Henley, who struggled all night with his 3-point shooting for Mount Mercy, canned a 3-pointer with 10 seconds remaining to tie the ballgame at 74-74.

The Mustangs fouled Meeske, who made his first foul shot to give the Bees their final margin.

Mount Mercy (2-1) launched 52 3-pointers in the 40-minute contest and made 17 for 32.7 percent. All told, the Mustangs shot 27 for 70 from the field for 38.6 percent.

Brawner-Henley, who shot 7-for-8 on 3-pointers in the first half against Viterbo last week, was only 2-for-13 from long range against St. Ambrose.


No. 5 Eagles dump Mount Mercy JV

Bryan Petersen spent a lot of time shaking his head in disappointment during the first half Tuesday night, so don't be fooled by Kirkwood's 101-54 victory over the Mount Mercy junior varsity at Johnson Hall.

The fifth-ranked Eagles sputtered to a 42-30 lead at intermission before getting untracked in the second half.

"The first half obviously wasn't very good," said Petersen, in his sixth year as Kirkwood's head coach. "Obviously these type of games (against JV opponents) are hard to play in sometimes, but it was the home opener.

"I was kind of hoping that we'd come out with a little more urgency from the beginning, which was kind of disappointing."

The Eagles (2-1) have four new starters in the lineup to team with returning All-American Doug Wilson, so Petersen knows it will take time as he tries to mold the team.

"The second half obviously was better," he said. "I thought some guys came in and sparked us a little bit and brought some energy. But it was disappointing that we didn't have better energy in the first 20 minutes.


Mount Mercy women dump Waldorf

The Mount Mercy women's basketball team turned on the jets in the second half and defeated Waldorf, 66-57, in a non-conference game at the Hennessey Recreation Center Tuesday night.

The Mustangs trailed by 12 points at intermission, but they outscored Waldorf 42-21 in the second half for the nine-point triumph.

Mount Mercy has begun the new season with three straight victories after finishing 7-24 a year ago.

Aurianna Hampton came off the bench to pump in 20 points in 22 minutes for the Mustangs. Brianna Thomas finished with 15 points and nine rebounds. Sharice Kawakami contributed 11 points. Chelsey Lampe grabbed eight rebounds.


No. 7 Eagles soar to national tourney

Alexa Aldrich-Ingram nearly quit college volleyball a year ago after a disappointing season at Drake, where the Bulldogs tried to convert the phenomenal kill-shot artist into a setter.

Now she's headed to the junior college national tournament with her new friends at Kirkwood with a brilliant smile on her face.

"Coming to Kirkwood has been one of the best decisions I've made," Aldrich-Ingram said Sunday afternoon after the Eagles punched their ticket to the NJCAA Division II tournament. "I'm so glad I came here. It's been an exciting year."

And it's not over yet.

The seventh-ranked Eagles spanked Metropolitan Community College of Missouri, 25-15, 25-22, 25-19, to win the District D championship and qualify for the national meet in Charleston, W.Va., from Nov. 15-17.

Aldrich-Ingram, a 5-foot-8 southpaw from Iowa City West, collected 16 kills and leads the nation with 632, many of them devastating rips that make opponents fear for their safety.

She has incredible hang-time, reminiscent of NBA great Michael Jordan, and swings that left arm with incredible force.

"She's a crowd-pleaser," said Kirkwood Coach Jill Williams. "She creates that energy. People love to see that.


Mustang runners show plenty of Heart

ATCHISON, Kan. - The Mount Mercy cross country teams turned in strong  performances at the Heart of America Conference meet Saturday.

The Mount Mercy women finished second in the team standings, with  Vanessa Cortes leading the way by placing fourth in the individual  results in the 5K championships.

The Mount Mercy men placed third in their team standings, with James  Lindstrom claiming the No. 3 spot in the individual results in the 8K  outing.

Twelve teams competed in both races.

MidAmerica Nazarene captured the women's team title with 48 points,  with Mount Mercy just 18 points behind with 66. All five of Mount  Mercy's runners finished in the top 20.


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