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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

No. 11 KCC men dunk No. 13 NIACC

MASON CITY - The Kirkwood men's basketball team is one victory away  from clinching the No. 1 seed for the regional tournament later this  month.

The 11th-ranked Eagles topped 13th-ranked NIACC, 97-84, Saturday in an  ICCAC conference showdown in Mason City as Devonte Thedford, DJ  Purnell, Luke Appel and Seybian Sims combined for 81 points.

Kirkwood remained tied for the conference lead with ninth-ranked DMACC  with 11-2 records with one game left in the regular season. If the  Eagles defeat Iowa Central at home next Saturday, they'll clinch the  top seed for the regional tournament because they own the tiebreaker  over DMACC.

Thedford scored 24 points, Purnell netted 22, Appel contributed 19 and  Sims added 16 to lead the attack Saturday. Appel grabbed 13 rebounds  for a double-double and Purnell snared nine caroms. Thedford shot  12-for-12 at the foul line and Purnell was 8-for-8.



No. 2 Eagles fall at No. 1 NIACC

MASON CITY - The road to the national tournament for the Kirkwood  women's basketball tournament will probably run through Mason City.

And that's not especially good news for Kirkwood.

The second-ranked Eagles lost to top-ranked NIACC, 85-64, in their  conference showdown in Mason City Saturday and now NIACC has clinched  the No. 1 seed for the regional.

Only one team from the Iowa regional will make the NJCAA Division II  national tournament, which means Kirkwood might have to return to  Mason City in a few weeks and try to beat NIACC in a rematch on their  home floor for a coveted trip to nationals.

Kirkwood enjoyed an early 16-6 lead Saturday, but the Eagles got into  foul trouble and trailed 46-34 at halftime. They never caught up.

NIACC pumped in fifteen 3-pointers compared to only three for Kirkwood.



Appel powers No. 11 Eagles with 38

IOWA FALLS - Luke Appel poured in 38 points and snared 13 rebounds  Wednesday night as the 11th-ranked Kirkwood Eagles topped Ellsworth,  84-71, in an ICCAC conference game in Iowa Falls.

The victory lifted Kirkwood into a two-way tie for the ICCAC lead with  DMACC at 10-2 with two games left in the conference race.

Appel made 14 of 22 shots from the field, including three 3-pointers.  He also collected four assists and two blocks.

Jamal Stephenson contributed 11 points for the Eagles (21-5). Seybian  Sims and Devonte Thedford netted 10 points apiece.



No. 2 KCC women punish Ellsworth

IOWA FALLS - Natalie Tomaszewski led a balanced attack with 17 points  Wednesday night as the second-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team  dumped Ellsworth, 95-38, in an ICCAC conference game in Iowa Falls.

The victory lifted Kirkwood to 12-1 in the conference heading into  Saturday's showdown at top-ranked NIACC (13-0) between the No. 1 and  No. 2 teams in the country. Only one of them will reach the national  tournament from the same regional.

Paige Bradford scored 16 points for the Eagles (25-2). Kemara Watson  contributed 15 points, Kortney Drake 13 and Ju Gaston 12.

Ellsworth has lost all 25 of its games this season and is 0-13 in the  conference.



KCC women crush team by 90 points

The second-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team defeated a hapless  opponent by 90 points Saturday at Johnson Hall.

The Eagles crushed Little Priest Tribal College, 119-29, in a colossal  mismatch in an ICCAC affair.

Kirkwood outscored Little Priest 33-9 in the first quarter, 26-6 in  the second quarter, 31-3 in the third quarter and 29-11 in the fourth  quarter.

Paige Bradford led seven Eagles into double figures with 18 points and  11 rebounds. Ju Gaston contributed 16 points, seven steals, four  assists and three rebounds. Kemara Watson finished with 16 points and  seven rebounds.

Natalie Tomaszewski had 13 points and nine rebounds for Kirkwood.  Kortney Drake also scored 13 points. Delani Harris netted 11 points  and Marissa Metz had 10.



Eagles climb into 3-way tie for top

The Kirkwood Eagles raced to a 22-point lead at halftime Saturday and  dunked Little Priest Tribal College, 86-65, in an ICCAC men's  basketball game at Johnson Hall.

The victory lifted Kirkwood into a three-way tie for the conference  lead with DMACC and Iowa Lakes, all with 9-2 records in the league.

DJ Purnell powered the Eagles (20-5) with 22 points on perfect 9-for-9  shooting from the floor and grabbed eight rebounds. Devonte Thedford,  Griffen Clark, Jamal Stephenson and Owen Coburn scored 10 points apiece.

Reynald Laurent tossed in eight 3-pointers and poured in 28 points for  Little Priest (5-17, 0-10).



Eagles bump off No. 5 DMACC for clutch win

The Kirkwood Eagles collected a huge victory at Johnson Hall Wednesday night and now the hot race for the conference title is up for grabs.

The 15th-ranked Eagles bumped off No. 5 DMACC, 77-68, to throw the ICCAC race into a three-team scramble with two weeks left in the season.

Kirkwood knocked DMACC out of first place, letting 10th-ranked Iowa Lakes climb into the lead with a 9-2 record. Kirkwood and DMACC are just a half-game behind Iowa Lakes at 8-2 in the 14-game campaign.

If the Eagles had lost Wednesday night, they would have fallen two games behind DMACC with just four games remaining. In other words, a loss would have been curtains.

"This team responded to the challenge of controlling their own destiny," said KCC Coach Tim Sandquist. "I was really proud of them. It was big to come out and win tonight."



No. 2 Eagles smother DMACC by 59

You don't see a team held scoreless for an entire quarter in a women's basketball game too often, but it happened Wednesday night at Johnson Hall.

The second-ranked Kirkwood Eagles pelted DMACC 31-0 in the third period and buried the Bears, 95-36, in an ICCAC contest.

Kemara Watson and Tatiana Hodges-Johnson scored 14 points apiece for Kirkwood (23-2, 10-1). Paige Bradford netted 13 points and Delani Harris added 12.

DMACC fell to 9-16 overall and 3-9 in the conference. The Bears launched 41 3-pointers in the 40-minute game and made four of them.



No. 6 KCC softball sweeps at tourney

WEST BURLINGTON - The sixth-ranked Kirkwood softball team won both of  its games in the SCC Tournament at the Fun City indoor complex in West  Burlington Sunday.

The Eagles topped Marshalltown, 11-3, in their first game and trimmed  Southeastern, 6-5, to finish the event with a 3-1 record.

Kirkwood scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning to erase a  4-3 deficit and trim Southeastern in the second game. Randyn Carter  and Jessie Frasher belted home runs for the winners.

Carter collected three RBIs in Game 2 and Frasher drove in two runs.  Autum Barthelman had two hits. Isabelle True pitched four innings in  relief for the victory.



No. 2 Eagles sink Iowa Lakes

ESTHERVILLE - Paige Bradford and Tatiana Hodges-Johnson scored 15  points apiece Saturday as the second-ranked Kirkwood Eagles topped  Iowa Lakes, 75-51, in an ICCAC conference game in Estherville.

Addison Rath contributed a career-high 11 points, seven rebounds, four  steals and three assists off the bench. She scored seven points during  an 18-3 surge in the second half when the Eagles sealed the victory.

Kirkwood raised its records to 22-2 overall and 9-1 in the conference.  Top-ranked NIACC leads the league at 12-0 in the 16-game season.

Shareece Smith scored 20 points for Iowa Lakes (15-8, 6-5).


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