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Wilson nets 32 for No. 5 Eagles

MARSHALLTOWN - Doug Wilson was an unstoppable force for the Kirkwood Eagles again Wednesday night.

Wilson poured in 32 points as the fifth-ranked Eagles topped Marshalltown Community College, 90-82, in a non-conference game in Marshalltown.

Wilson, a 6-foot-7 center from Des Moines, made 14 of 18 shots from the field. He also had six rebounds, three assists, three steals and one blocked shot.

Connor Kasperbauer made three 3-pointers for Kirkwood and finished with 14 points. Luke Appel scored 11 points and Brady Sartorius had 10 points with some clutch free throws. Sartorius also collected five assists.

Kirkwood raised its record to 7-1. Eduardo Lane scored 21 points for Marshalltown, which fell to 6-6 for the campaign.


No. 2 KCC women roll by Loras JV

Ashley Tull and Jheda Kennedy scored 13 points apiece Tuesday night as the Kirkwood Eagles defeated the Loras College junior varsity, 91-52, in a women's basketball game at Johnson Hall.

Anasha Hurst and Johanna Myers tallied 10 points apiece in a typically balanced attack for the second-ranked Eagles.

Leah Robinson and Brianna Mensen scored nine points apiece. Haley Mullinnix had eight points, Mackenzie Jenkins seven, Ju Gaston six and Paige Bradford six.

Kennedy, Myers and Mensen made three 3-pointers. Jenkins collected seven rebounds, five steals and four assists. Gaston had six steals. Robinson grabbed five rebounds.

Hannah Thiele tossed in five 3-pointers and scored 17 points for Loras.


Sharp Mustangs roll up 115 points

When the Mount Mercy Mustangs are cooking, you need a tote machine to  keep track of all the points.

They were cooking Monday night.

The Mustangs scored their most points in five years with a 115-91  verdict over Culver-Stockton in a Heart of America ballgame at the  Hennessey Recreation Center.

Michael Brawner-Henley led seven Mustangs into double figures with 23  points as the home team scored early and often.

Mount Mercy averaged only 70.7 points during a three-game losing  streak prior to Thanksgiving, but the Mustangs revved up the attack  against Culver-Stockton.

"I thought we got back to playing the way we want to play," said Coach  Aaron Jennings. "I thought Benedictine and Clarke, and even St.  Ambrose, did a good job of dictating tempo and kind of bullying us,  pushing us around (in the setbacks).

"And today we played very free. We were playing fast, but under  control. And when you do those things I think we're a dangerous team.  And you saw that tonight."


Mount Mercy women drop 4th straight

Mount Mercy fell behind by 19 points at halftime Monday night and lost  to Culver-Stockton, 73-58, in a Heart of America women's basketball  game at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

The Mustangs pulled within 10 points in the second half before falling  back again.

Mount Mercy lost its fourth straight game and fell to 3-4 overall and  0-3 in the conference.

Audrey Mulumba led the Mustangs with 19 points and seven rebounds.  Aurianna Hampton scored 12 points. Paris Sheck grabbed eight rebounds.


Wilson helps Eagles dunk Statesmen

Doug Wilson made a big splash in college basketball last season when he led the nation in field-goal accuracy and was named a Junior College All-American for the Kirkwood Eagles.

He's even better this year.

Wilson dunked the ball four times and powered in 26 points Tuesday night as the fifth-ranked Eagles defeated the William Penn junior varsity, 92-72, at Johnson Hall.

Wilson, a 6-foot-7 forward from Des Moines, is averaging 20.1 points and 10.1 rebounds, along with 2.4 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.3 steals every time on the floor.

He made 12 of 15 shots Tuesday for 80 percent and appears even more explosive than a year ago. He missed a dunk on a breakaway in the first half, but it's hard to criticize a guy who tries so hard.

"He affects the game in a lot of ways," said KCC Coach Bryan Petersen. "We still get on him for a lot of stuff, but he's a heck of a player and he plays really hard. That's what's fun about coaching him."

Wilson can be unstoppable around the basket with his strength and great leaping ability, but he's branched out from there.

"He's matured in a lot of ways," said Petersen. "From an offensive standpoint, he's added to his game with more perimeter skills. He's shooting the free throws better."


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