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Tuesday, January 22, 2019
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Bradford, Tull pace No. 13 Eagles

Paige Bradford and Ashley Tull stole the show for the 13th-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team Saturday afternoon.

Bradford and Tull, a pair of freshman centers who share playing time in the post, combined for 32 points and 23 rebounds as the Eagles dumped Little Priest Tribal College, 77-44, in an ICCAC conference game at Johnson Hall.

Bradford, from Davenport, collected 17 points and 12 rebounds. Tull, from Troy Mills, finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Kirkwood led 31-23 after a fairly tight first half, but the Eagles blitzed the visitors 28-7 in the third quarter to take command.

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Mustangs trimmed by Nazarene, 86-83

OLATHE, Kan. - Bailey Basala had a chance to be a hero for the Mount Mercy Mustangs for the second time in six days Saturday, but this time his 3-pointer in the final seconds did not ring true.

The Mustangs lost to MidAmerica Nazarene, 86-83, in a Heart of America Conference game when Basala missed a 3-pointer with three seconds left that could have forced overtime.

This past Monday, Basala canned a 3-pointer with a half-second remaining to give Mount Mercy a 93-90 victory over St. Ambrose.

Basala hit five triples Saturday and led the Mustangs (5-5, 2-4) with 17 points off the bench. Dennis McKinney scored 16 points, Mychael Brawner-Henley 14 and Antwain Strong 10.

Mount Mercy fell behind by 15 points in the first half, but fought back and held several small leads in the contest.

McKinney gave the Mustangs an 80-79 lead with 3:55 remaining with a 3-pointer, then he gave the Mustangs an 83-81 advantage with another triple with 2:16 left.

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Mount Mercy women drop 7th in row

OLATHE, Kan. - The Mount Mercy women's basketball team lost its seventh straight game Saturday with a 73-60 setback against sixth-ranked MidAmerica Nazarene in a Heart of America Conference ballgame in Kansas.

Brianna Thomas popped in four 3-pointers and scored 18 points for the Mustangs (3-7, 0-6). Sarah Moffett added 15 points.

Jovana Jovovic pumped in 21 points for MidAmerica Nazarene (10-1, 7-0).

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Aldrich-Ingram named AVCA All-American

The All-American honors keep rolling in for Alexa Aldrich-Ingram.

The Kirkwood sophomore was named a first team All-American in volleyball by the National Junior College Athletic Association on Tuesday, and now she's been named a second team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

The honor from the NJCAA on Tuesday was for Division II players only, but the honor from the AVCA is for players at all levels of junior college volleyball.

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No. 4 Eagles take 101-94 thriller

FORT DODGE - All-American Doug Wilson poured in 32 points Wednesday night as the fourth-ranked Kirkwood Eagles topped Iowa Central, 101-94, in the ICCAC conference opener in Fort Dodge.

Devonte Thedford, who was Wilson's high school teammate at Des Moines Hoover, came off the bench to provide 19 points as the two Hoover grads combined for 51 markers.

Luke Apple finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Eagles (9-1, 1-0). Allante Pickens added 10 points.

Wilson, who led the nation in field-goal percentage last season, hit 13 of 19 shots from the floor. He was also 6 for 8 at the foul line and finished with seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.

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