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Mustangs fall in final second, 67-65

A three-day reprieve did not help the Mount Mercy men's basketball  team Tuesday night and now the Mustangs are in danger of missing the  Heart of America Conference playoffs.

Mount Mercy lost to Central Methodist, 67-65, in a game that began  Saturday and was postponed to Tuesday with 16:10 left in the second  half due to moisture falling on the court at the Hennessey Recreation  Center.

The Mustangs trailed 40-36 when the game resumed and took a few small  leads, but they never got rolling and lost when Isaiah Thurmond made a  driving layup with 1.1 seconds left.

Mychael Brawner-Henley hit a clutch 3-pointer for Mount Mercy with  20.5 seconds remaining to tie the game at 65-65, but the Mustangs were  not able to stop Thurmond from getting to the basket for the  game-winner.

"You have all this time to prepare for the last 16:10 and we didn't  execute," said Mount Mercy Coach Aaron Jennings. "There were things we  were supposed to take away and for some reason we did not do that.


No. 7 Eagles cruise to 8-0 record

AUSTIN, Minn. - The Kirkwood softball team won a pair of lopsided  games at the Packer Dome on Sunday.

The seventh-ranked Eagles smacked Ellsworth, 20-3, and knocked off  Bryant & Stratton, 12-3, in a pair of five-inning contests.

Kirkwood has gotten off to a perfect 8-0 start this season under new  coach Eric Frese.

Lauren Klaahsen went 4-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs in the game  against Ellsworth. Jayme Finn was 3-for-5 with four RBIs. Taleah  Smith, London Jackson, Lauren Kuch, Sydney Albaugh, Jessi Butler and  Courtney Harris all had two base hits.

Jackson and Kuch belted home runs. Butler scored four times and Kuch  scored three runs. Jackson and Randyn Carter drove in two runs.


Menster tosses shutout for Mustangs

DAVENPORT - Tawny Menster pitched a one-hit shutout for the Mount  Mercy softball team on Sunday in a 10-0 victory over Lincoln (Ill.) at  the Ambrose Dome.

Menster struck out nine batters in the five-inning game and did not  issue any walks. She also hit a triple and drove in a run.

Jolona Shield, Emily Oler and Sydney Robertson had two hits for the  Mustangs. Payton Bruner, Shield and Oler drove in two runs. Oler  belted a home run. Shield scored twice. The Mustangs scored all 10 of  their runs against Lincoln in the second inning.

Mount Mercy was nipped by Aquinas (Mich.), 8-7, in the other game  Sunday for its third one-run loss of the weekend.


Mount Mercy hoops postponed by rain

Mount Mercy's game against Central Methodist University was postponed  by rain Saturday, but there was a twist.

It was basketball, not baseball.

Water began dripping from the ceiling at the Hennessey Recreation Center in the second half of the men's basketball game, stopping  action with 16 minutes, 10 seconds left to play.

A combination of ran and melting snow apparently led to the problem,  with the water falling onto the floor near mid-court. Officials waited an hour for the problem to subside, but ultimately decided the court was unplayable and sent everyone home.

The game will be resumed at a later date with Central Methodist  holding a 40-36 lead.

Paul Gavin, the athletic director and former men's basketball coach at  Mount Mercy, said he'd never experienced a situation like this.


Cowan shines as Eagles top Cuyahoga

DEFIANCE, Ohio - Cam Cowan pitched five strong innings Saturday as the  ninth-ranked Kirkwood baseball team defeated Cuyahoga Community College, 16-9, in Ohio.

The Eagles compiled a 2-1 record in the three-game series.

Cowan allowed only one hit in five shutout innings, with five strikeouts and two walks.

Kirkwood scored eight runs in the second inning and owned a 16-3 lead after seven frames. Cuyahoga tallied six times in the eighth inning to make the score more respectable.


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