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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kirkwood women No.1 in nation

The Kirkwood women's basketball team is now all alone at the top of the national rankings, but the Eagles will face a stiff challenge Saturday.

The Eagles (10-1) climbed a notch from No.2 to No.1 in the NJCAA Division II rankings Wednesday. At the same time, NIACC (10-0) climbed from No.3 to No.2 in the rankings heading into their big showdown against each other Saturday afternoon in Mason City.

Kirkwood was not ranked when the season began, but the Eagles have already defeated three top-10 teams this season on their climb to the top.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 22:45



No.16 KCC men give themselves a hand

Kirkwood Coach Bryan Petersen and his assistants huddled in a hallway at Johnson Hall Tuesday night for about five minutes to discuss their team's performance against Iowa Central before entering the locker room.

As soon as they opened the locker room door, all of the Eagles broke into applause to celebrate a good victory.

The 16th-ranked Eagles passed the ball extremely well Tuesday and handled Iowa Central, 73-59, in the ICCAC opener.

Kirkwood collected 23 assists on 28 field goals, an unusually high percentage that led to 53.8 percent shooting from the floor.




Woolfolk sparks No.2 Eagles, 85-78

Danielle Woolfolk is usually the shortest player on the basketball floor at 5-foot-3, but she may have the biggest heart and the greatest love of the game.

Woolfolk shook off a back injury and sparked No.2 Kirkwood past No.17 Iowa Central Tuesday night, 85-78, with 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals at Johnson Hall.

Woolfolk collided with a teammate near the end of the first half and suffered a nasty fall, sending her to the training room for repairs and a heating pad on her sore back. She returned for the second half and did not miss a beat.




Poula named All-American in volleyball

Kirkwood freshman Heather Poula has been named a first team NJCAA Division II All-American in volleyball.

Poula, a 5-foot-10 hitter from West Branch, led Kirkwood with 429 kills this season and had 80 blocks. She ranked 20th in the nation in kills.

Poula helped the Eagles compile a 32-8 record and finish No.7 in the national rankings.


Tuttle, Woolfolk lead No.2 Eagles

COUNCIL BLUFFS - Katelyn Tuttle popped in four 3-pointers and scored 17 points Saturday as No.2 Kirkwood punished the Concordia (Neb.) junior varsity, 93-55, at the Iowa Western Classic in Council Bluffs.

Danielle Woolfolk scored 15 points for Kirkwood (9-1). Mikayla Fallon made four 3-pointers and scored 12 points.

The Eagles hit 14 triples in the ballgame. Kirkwood battered Concordia on the backboards, 46-22, with Ariel Sneed grabbing eight rebounds. Tuttle had six assists.

Kirkwood hosts No.17 Iowa Central Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.




Fuller, Lawton pace No.11 Eagles by SCC

Kirkwood sophomore J.C. Fuller calls it simply "just a 360," but there was nothing simple about his crowd-pleasing dunk Saturday afternoon when he spun 360 degrees in mid-air and slammed the ball through the basket.

It was simply outstanding and put an exclamation point on a big victory as the 11th-ranked Eagles stung Southeastern Community College, 79-68, at Johnson Hall.

Fuller's slam came with 2:15 left in the nip-and-tuck affair and gave Kirkwood (8-3) some room to breathe at 75-63.




No.2 Eagles smash Northwestern JV

COUNCIL BLUFFS - Freshman Hanna Haynes scored a career-high 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds Friday as Kirkwood belted the Northwestern College junior varsity team, 91-58, in the opening round of the Iowa Western Classic.

Kirsten Larson popped in five 3-pointers and netted 17 points for the second-ranked Eagles (8-1). Danielle Woolfolk scored 14 points and Ariel Sneed had 12.

Kirkwood pounded Northwestern on the backboards, 57-23.

The Eagles will play the Concordia (Neb.) junior varsity team on Saturday at the tournament.




Kirkwood women ranked No.2 in NJCAA

The Kirkwood women's basketball team vaulted into the No.2 spot in the NJCAA Division II national rankings Wednesday.

The Eagles (7-1) were not ranked in the preseason poll, but their victories over No.5 Owens, No.7 Illinois Central and No.8 Kishwaukee helped them jump all the way near the top.

Louisburg College climbed from No.14 to No.1 in the rankings.

NIACC, which competes in the same league as Kirkwood, is ranked third this week. Iowa Central is 17th.

1. Louisburg (8-0), 2. Kirkwood (7-1), 3. NIACC (9-0), 4. Highland (12-0), 5. Owens (11-1), 6. Johnson County (9-0), 7. Illinois Central (6-2), 8. Kishwaukee (7-2), 9. Mesa (5-1), 10. Guilford Tech (6-0), 11. Lake Michigan (5-1), 12. Pima (5-4), 13. Chesapeake (10-0), 14. Rhode Island (6-0), 15. Kansas City (9-1), 16. St. Louis (7-1), 17. Iowa Central (7-1), 18. Kalamazoo (6-2), 19. Central Columbus (10-3), 20. Lackawanna (9-0).


No.11 Eagles fall at John Wood, 85-75

QUINCY, Ill. - The Kirkwood men's basketball team climbed five spots to No.11 in the national rankings Tuesday, but the John Wood Blazers were not impressed and handed the Eagles an 85-75 setback in Quincy, Ill.

Ajay Lawton hit five 3-pointers and led Kirkwood (7-3) with 17 points. J.C. Fuller scored 16 points for the Eagles. Taylor Olson collected 15 points and seven assists. Jalen Currie scored 10 points and Joe Tagarelli grabbed 13 rebounds.

Jordan Johnson paced John Wood (5-5) with 17 points.




Kirkwood men feast on Black Hawk

Before that good home-cooking on Thanksgiving, the Kirkwood men's basketball team enjoyed some home-cooking on Tuesday, beating Black Hawk 81-65 in Johnson Hall.

The Eagles built a 42-25 halftime lead, but the Braves whittled it down to five in the second half before Kirkwood (7-2) turned things around.

"They are a good team and I thought we had a lot of letdowns on defense," sophomore guard Taylor Olson said. "Turnovers too. A lot of breakdowns. We weren't mentally tough during that run."




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