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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

No. 1 Kirkwood women dunk Southwestern

CRESTON - The top-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team cracked 100  points for the first time this season and whipped Southwestern, 103-69, in the opening game of the ICCAC conference race Saturday  afternoon.

Deleyah Harris led the Eagles (17-0) with 23 points and eight  rebounds. She shot 5-for-6 on 3-pointers and was 8-for-9 overall from  the field.

Simone Goods finished with 17 points and six rebounds and made all  seven of her shots.

Awal Ajak scored 15 points and Shaneequah Watkins collected 11 points,  six rebounds and six assists. Rylee Voss contributed nine points and  seven rebounds.

KIRKWOOD (103): Harris 8 2-2 23, T.Wilson 0 4-6 4, Puok 0 0-0 0,  Hedges 1 2-2 4, Axcell 2 0-0 5, Ajak 5 2-5 15, Taylor 0 0-0 0, Watkins 4 3-4 11, Voss 4 1-3 9, Cotton 2 0-0 5, C.Wilson 0 0-0 0, Goods 7 5-9  17, Usher 1 1-2 4, Achenbach 2 0-0 4. Totals 36 20-33 103.

3-point shots - Kirkwood 11 (Harris 5, Ajak 3, Axcell 1, Cotton 1, Usher 1).

 

Kirkwood men fall to No. 2 Southwestern

CRESTON - The No. 1 junior college men's basketball team from last  season met the No. 2 team from this season in the opening game of the  ICCAC conference race Saturday afternoon.

The clash did not have a happy ending for the Kirkwood Eagles, who are  the defending NJCAA Division II champions.

Southwestern Community College clipped the Eagles, 94-83, in a  high-scoring game in Creston for its 17th straight win of the season.

Kirkwood (12-4) trailed by 15 points at halftime, 51-36, but the  Eagles rallied and pulled within a few points in the second half  before falling short.

Byron Harp led Kirkwood with 25 points. Chris King scored 20 points  and Miles Wentzein had 16. Shakur Triplett grabbed 14 rebounds for the  Eagles.

KIRKWOOD (83): Triplett 4 0-2 8, Harp 9 3-4 25, Jackson 0 0-0 0,  Wentzien 5 4-4 16, Meeker 2 0-0 6, Fagan 1 2-2 5, C.King 7 5-6 20, Marble 1 0-0 3, Henry 0 0-0 0, D.King 0 0-0 0. Totals 29 14-18 83.

Halftime - Southwestern 51, Kirkwood 36. 3-point goals - Kirkwood 11  (Harp 4, Wentzien 2, Meeker 2, Fagan 1, C.King 1, Marble 1).

 

No. 14 Eagles soar by Marshalltown

If you loved the way the Kirkwood Eagles played last season on their way to the national title, you had to enjoy what you saw at Johnson  Hall Wednesday night.

Kirkwood Coach Bryan Petersen certainly did.

The 14th-ranked Eagles played a terrific first half and rolled by Marshalltown, 100-80, in a non-conference affair.

Kirkwood (12-3) jumped to a quick 14-0 lead in the first four minutes and led 54-31 at halftime with a near-flawless performance. The score  was 30-9 midway through the first half.

"Probably the best basketball we've played all year," said Petersen.

The Eagles trimmed Marshalltown on the road, 78-75, in November, but the rematch was a blowout from start to finish.

Kirkwood opened 27-point leads in both halves and Marshalltown (13-6) never got closer than 20 points in the last 25 minutes of the game.

Marshalltown outscored the Eagles 49-46 in the second half, but most of that came in the latter stages of the game.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 January 2017 05:48

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No. 16 Eagles whip Illinois Central

PEORIA, Ill. - The 16th-ranked Kirkwood Eagles raised their record to 11-3 Saturday afternoon with a 74-62 victory over Illinois Central.

The game was tied at halftime, 28-28, but the Eagles outscored the hosts 46-34 in the second half.

Chris King popped in three 3-pointers and led Kirkwood with 17 points. Miles Wentzien and Ethan Meeker scored 13 points for the Eagles and Kaliph Fagan chipped in with 11. Meeker hit three triples.

Shakur Triplett finished with nine points and eight rebounds.

Brian Conway scored 15 points for Illinois Central (8-7).

KIRKWOOD (74): Triplett 3 3-3 9, Harp 1 3-5 5, Jackson 1 0-0 2, Wentzien 3 7-8 13, Meeker 4 2-2 13, Fagan 2 7-8 11, C. King 6 2-2 17, Marble 0 0-1 0, Henry 0 0-0 0, D. King 2 0-0 4. Totals 22 24-29 74.

ILLINOIS CENTRAL (62): Bolden 2 0-0 4, Bradford 0 1-2 1, Conway 7 1-1 15, Cuevas 0 2-2 2, Dixon-Williams 3 4-4 10, Gilkey 1 0-0 3, Long 1 0-0 3, Louderman 0 0-0 0, Porter 0 0-0 0, Smith 2 2-5 6, Stinson 2 0-0 5, A. Williams 3 0-0 6, C. Williams 2 2-2 7. Totals 23 12-16 62.

Halftime - Kirkwood 28, Illinois Central 28. 3-point goals - Kirkwood 6 (C.King 3, Meeker 3), Illinois Central 4 (Gilkey 1, Long 1, Stinson  1, C. Williams 1).

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 January 2017 07:37
 

No. 1 Eagles raise mark to 16-0

The Kirkwood Eagles turned Sweet 16 Thursday night.

Simone Goods scored 15 points and snared nine rebounds as the top-ranked Eagles rolled to their 16th straight victory with a 78-53 verdict over the Loras College junior varsity at Johnson Hall.

Shaneequah Watkins collected 12 points, Awal Ajak netted 11 and Deleyah Harris contributed 10 in a typically balanced attack. Harris also had eight rebounds, five assists and five steals.

Goods, a 6-foot-2 sophomore from Omaha, scored 11 of her points in the third quarter when Kirkwood outscored the visitors from Dubuque, 24-11, in the 10-minute session.

The Eagles won another game by a wide margin, but they committed 20 turnovers with some sloppy passes and Coach Kim Muhl was visibly unhappy at times on the bench.

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Leaner Eagles sail by Clarke JV

The Kirkwood men's basketball team will be a much leaner group for the rest of the season with the loss of five reserves during the holiday  break.

The Eagles could be a much meaner group as well, in terms of making a run for a second straight national title.

The 16th-ranked Eagles sailed by the Clarke junior varsity, 129-52, in a tuneup at Johnson Hall Tuesday night in their first game with a trimmer roster.

Coach Bryan Petersen had only 10 players in uniform Tuesday and seven  of them scored in double figures. Chris King led the way with 23 points with five 3-pointers.

Derrick Howard, Darius Rice, Darias Oliver, Kameron Moore and Shawn Foxbrennen have left the club since the end of the first semester. Most of them were fairly deep reserves, and the 10 guys who are left  are the 10 who will decide Kirkwood's fate this year.

Petersen thinks a leaner roster could be good for the club after trying to hammer a 15-man team into a cohesive unit.

"That was something we were really struggling with the first semester," he said. "We didn't have a lot of defined roles, and now  we've got that with our numbers going down a little bit.

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Usher sparks No. 1 Eagles to title

EAST PEORIA, Ill. - Olivia Usher played one of the best games of her young college basketball career Friday and helped the top-ranked Kirkwood Eagles defeat No. 19 Illinois Central, 68-52, in the championship game of the Illinois Central tournament.

Usher, a freshman from Cedar Rapids Prairie, popped in four 3-pointers and led the Eagles with 14 points. She also collected five assists, five steals and four rebounds as Kirkwood raised its perfect record to  15-0.

Shaneequah Watkins contributed 11 points, three rebounds, three  steals, two assists and two blocks. Deleyah Harris furnished 10 points and six rebounds, while Tay Wilson pitched in with 10 points and five assists.

Harris, Wilson and Simone Goods were named to the all-tournament team.

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Goods leads No. 1 Eagles into finals

EAST PEORIA, Ill. - Simone Goods scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds Thursday as the top-ranked Kirkwood Eagles spanked Sauk Valley, 83-51, in the semifinals of the Illinois Central holiday tournament.

Kirkwood (14-0) will face 19th-ranked Illinois Central (11-4) in the championship game Friday at 4 p.m.

Shaneequah Watkins stuffed the stat sheet for the Eagles with 12 points, five rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals. Deleyah Harris also had a well-rounded game with 10 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Tay Tay Wilson and Megan Axcell contributed 11 points for Kirkwood. Axcell hit three 3-pointers.

KIRKWOOD (83): Harris 4 0-0 10, T. Wilson 4 2-2 11, Puok 0 0-0 0, Hedges 0 0-0 0, Axcell 3 2-2 11, Schmidt 0 0-0 0, Ajak 1 2-2 5, Taylor 0 0-0 0, Watkins 4 4-7 12, Voss 2 0-0 5, Cotton 2 0-0 4, C. Wilson 1  0-0 3, Goods 7 3-3 17, Usher 1 0-0 3, Achenbach 1 0-0 2. Totals 30 13-16 83.

3-point goals - Kirkwood 10 (Axcell 3, Harris 2, T.Wilson 1, Ajak 1, Voss 1, C.Wilson 1, Usher 1).

 

No. 1 Kirkwood women win 13th straight

EAST PEORIA, Ill. - The top-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team rolled to its most lopsided victory of the season Wednesday afternoon  with an 87-31 romp past McHenry at the Illinois Central tournament.

The Eagles (13-0) have outscored their opponents 1,040 to 600 this season. They are averaging 80 points and allowing only 46.1 for a winning margin of nearly 34 points per game.

Kirkwood has won its 13 games this year by 56, 53, 41, 41, 39, 36, 35, 30, 28, 28, 26, 14 and 13 points.

Simone Goods led four Eagles into double figures Wednesday with 15 points and eight rebounds. Olivia Schmidt scored 13 points, Deleyah Harris 12 and Megan Axcell 11. Schmidt and Axcell each had three 3-pointers.

Harris, who was named the national Division II junior college player of the week last week, had four steals for Kirkwood. Shaneequah Watkins also had four steals.

Rylee Voss and Olivia Usher grabbed nine rebounds.

KIRKWOOD (87): Axcell 4 0-0 11, Harris 6 0-0 12, T.Wilson 2 2-2 6, Puok 2 0-0 4, Hedges 0 0-0 0, Schmidt 4 2-2 13, Ajak 1 2-2 4, Taylor 1 0-0 2, Watkins 3 0-0 6, Voss 3 0-2 6, Cotton 1 0-0 2, C.Wilson 0 0-0 0, Goods 6 3-4 15, Usher 2 0-0 4, Achenbach 1 0-0 2. Totals 36 9-12 87

3-point goals - Kirkwood 6 (Axcell 3, Schmidt 3).

   

No. 1 Kirkwood women cruise to 12-0

SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. - Another day, another lopsided victory.

That was the story for the top-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team Saturday as it cruised to a 74-33 victory over South Suburban in the South Suburban tournament.

Awal Ajak popped in three 3-pointers and led the Eagles with 15 points. Simone Goods collected 10 points and seven rebounds and was named the MVP of the tournament.

Shaneequah Watkins also scored 10 points for Kirkwood. Deleyah Harris had seven points and was named to the all-tournament team.

Kirkwood raised its record to 12-0.

KIRKWOOD (74): Harris 2 3-4 7, T.Wilson 1 0-0 2, Puok 0 0-0 0, Hedges  1 0-0 2, Axcell 3 0-0 8, Schmidt 0 0-0 0, Ajak 6 0-0 15, Taylor 0 0-0 0, Watkins 4 0-0 10, Voss 3 0-0 6, Cotton 1 0-0 2, C.Wilson 2 0-0 5,  Goods 3 4-5 10, Usher 0 3-4 3, Achenbach 1 2-2 4. Totals 27 12-15 74.

3-point goals - Kirkwood 8 (Ajak 3, Axcell 2, Watkins 2, C.Wilson 1).

   
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