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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Tull paces No. 13 KCC women

FORT DODGE - The 13th-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team began the ICCAC conference race Wednesday night with a 64-46 victory over Iowa Central in Fort Dodge.

Ashley Tull paced the Eagles (6-4, 1-0) with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Johanna Myers hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 points. Ju Gaston contributed 10 points.

Brittany West scored 15 points for Iowa Central (7-3, 0-1).



Hoover grads click for Kirkwood

The boys basketball program at Des Moines Hoover has been a crucial pipeline for the Kirkwood Eagles in recent years.

First there was Chris King, an all-conference guard who graduated from Kirkwood last year. There's Doug Wilson, an All-American center for the Eagles last season and the top player this year.  And now there's Devonte Thedford, a promising freshman guard.

Thedford made his first start for Kirkwood Saturday and helped the Eagles come zooming out of the gates in an impressive 110-45 victory over Black Hawk College at Johnson Hall.

Thedford scored 10 quick points as the Eagles raced to a 25-6 lead with strong moves to the basket to help set the tone for the 65-point blowout.

King, Wilson and Thedford were teammates at Des Moines Hoover when Thedford was a freshman. They reached the semifinals of the Class 4A state tournament that year and they all ultimately signed with Kirkwood.

"Yeah, those were my guys," said Thedford, a 6-foot-2 combo guard who loves to attack the basket.



Reivers top KCC women in OT

COUNCIL BLUFFS - The Kirkwood women's basketball team lost to Iowa Western, 64-62, in overtime Saturday afternoon in a non-conference game in Council Bluffs.

Anasha Hurst of Kirkwood hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime, but Iowa Western outscored the Eagles 13-11 in the extra session for the tight victory.

Kirkwood scored only 25 points in the first three quarters and trailed by 11 markers, but the Eagles netted 26 points in the fourth quarter to force overtime.

Hurst led Kirkwood (5-4) with 26 points and hit four 3-pointers. She also had eight rebounds. Ju Gaston and Ashley Tull scored 10 points apiece. Mackenzie Jenkins contributed nine points and nine rebounds.



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.



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."



No. 2 Eagles turn Sweet 16

Anasha Hurst, Haley Mullinnix and Ashley Tull scored 16 points apiece Tuesday night to help the second-ranked Kirkwood Eagles defeat South Australia, 93-72, in a women's basketball game at Johnson Hall.

The Australians tossed in nine 3-pointers in the first half and trailed by only one point, 38-37, at intermission.

Kirkwood poured in 33 points in the third quarter to take control at 71-57 entering the fourth quarter.

Hurst stuffed the box score with 16 points, five rebounds, five steals and four assists. Mullinnix hit four 3-pointers as part of her 16-point performance. Tull grabbed seven rebounds to complement her 16-point outing.



KCC men knock off John Wood

QUINCY, Ill. - The Kirkwood men's basketball defeated John Wood, 82-63, in a non-conference game Saturday night.

Allante Pickens led the fifth-ranked Eagles with 20 points. Doug Wilson scored 19 points for Kirkwood and Brady Sartorius added 10 markers.

Kirkwood led, 28-23, at halftime.



Tull leads Eagles by Triton

The Kirkwood women's basketball team smothered Triton in the middle quarters Saturday and posted a 76-58 victory in the second round of the Kirkwood Classic at Johnson Hall.

Triton took a 25-17 lead after the first quarter, but the Eagles outscored the visitors 49-14 in the next two periods for an insurmountable 66-39 advantage heading into the final 10 minutes.

Ashley Tull led the second-ranked Eagles with 19 points, six rebounds, three blocked shots and two assists. Mackenzie Jenkins finished with 14 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals. Haley Mullinnix contributed 11 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals.



Eagles finish 4th at national volleyball

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Kirkwood women's volleyball team finished fourth at the NJCAA Division II national tournament Saturday at the Charleston Civic Center in West Virginia.

The Eagles lost a squeaker to Johnson County, 3-2, to end their season with a 34-10 record.

The fourth-place showing is the best for Kirkwood since winning the national title in 2003.

Kirkwood finished fifth in their conference this season, then finished fourth in the national tournament.

Kirkwood made a spirited rally after losing the first two sets. The Eagles claimed the third and fourth sets, but Johnson County claimed  the fifth set for the third-place trophy.



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