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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Short-handed Eagles top SCC

At one point during Wednesday's game against Southeastern at Johnson Hall, Kirkwood women's basketball coach Kim Muhl turned to his bench looking for players.

The No. 2 Eagles already had four players sitting in street clothes. When Muhl turned, one player was getting checked out by a trainer and yet another had run to the locker room area not feeling well.

"We got a couple of kids sick and we got a couple of kids (banged up)," Muhl said. "We're holding it together with a Band-Aid right now."

Still, the Eagles found a way to win. They jumped to an early 12-0 lead only to see the visitors cut the margin to one in the third quarter before pulling away for a 63-44 ICCAC triumph.

"It was a tough team win," said the veteran Kirkwood coach. "I think the kids gutted it out. It was just one of those things where you have to tough it out."

Kirkwood (20-5, 10-0) won for the ninth straight time, but did it without starters Ashley Tull and Haley Mullinnix. Tull, Kirkwood's leading scorer at just over 10 points per game, is out for the season after tearing her ACL in the Eagles' earlier win over the Blackhawks on Jan 17. Mullinnix, who has played some of her best basketball over the past couple of weeks, was injured in last Saturday's win over Little Priest.



Kirkwood teams rank 1-2 in nation

One of their basketball teams is ranked No. 1 in the country and their other team is ranked No. 2.

It's been a terrific year for the Kirkwood Eagles so far this season.

The Kirkwood men's basketball team moved into the No. 1 spot in the NJCAA Division II rankings this week with a 20-2 record. They were second in the poll last week.

The Kirkwood women's team jumped two spots into the No. 2 position in the poll with a 19-5 overall mark.

Prominent national rankings are nothing new at Kirkwood, of course. The Kirkwood men won the national title in 2016 and Coach Bryan Petersen has fashioned a 146-36 record in six years as head coach.



Wilson stars for No. 2 Eagles

WINNEBAGO, Neb. - All-American Doug Wilson enjoyed another stellar game for the Kirkwood men's basketball team Saturday.

Wilson collected 31 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and three steals as the second-ranked Eagles defeated Little Priest Tribal College, 88-57, in an ICCAC conference game on the road.

Luke Appel also had a double-double for Kirkwood with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Jamal Stephenson scored 14 points.



KCC women pound Little Priest

WINNEBAGO, Neb. - The fourth-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team dumped Little Priest Tribal College, 75-44, in an ICCAC conference game in Nebraska Saturday.

The game was tied 24-24 at halftime, but the Eagles began the third quarter with a 22-2 spurt to take command.

Anasha Hurst scored 17 points to lead Kirkwood (19-5, 9-0). Paige Bradford contributed 16 points and eight rebounds. Mackenzie Jenkins had 14 points. Leah Robinson grabbed nine rebounds.

Little Priest fell to 10-11 overall and 2-7.



No. 2 Eagles dump Ellsworth by 20

The second-ranked Kirkwood Eagles won their ninth straight game Thursday night with a 66-46 verdict over Ellsworth in an ICCAC  conference game at Johnson Hall.

irkwood raised its records to 19-2 overall and 7-0 in the league.  Ellsworth fell to 5-17 overall and 0-7 in the conference.

Luke Appel led the Eagles with 14 points. Allante Pickens made three  3-pointers and scored 12 points. Seybian Sims grabbed 10 rebounds.

Doug Wilson, who missed Kirkwood's previous game with a minor hip injury, contributed eight rebounds and four assists.



No. 4 KCC women roll by Ellsworth

Seven different members of the Kirkwood women's basketball team scored  in double figures Thursday night as the fourth-ranked Eagles walloped  Ellsworth, 103-48, in an ICCAC conference game at Johnson Hall.

Kirkwood raised its records to 18-5 overall and 8-0 in the conference with the easy victory. Ellsworth has played 21 games this season and has lost them all, including all eight in the league.

Ju Gaston topped the charts for Kirkwood with 16 points. Leah  Robinson, Haley Mullinnix and Natalie Tomaszewski scored 13 points apiece. Anasha Hurst, Johanna Myers and Brianna Mensen had 11 points.

Hurst collected five assists, five steals and four rebounds in addition to her 11 points. Robinson and Mensen grabbed seven rebounds. Gaston, Mullinnix and Myers made three 3-pointers.



No. 3 Eagles roll by Black Hawk

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - Luke Appel scored 20 points Saturday as the third-ranked Kirkwood Eagles rolled by Black Hawk College, 93-60, in a non-conference basketball game.

Appel poured in 18 points in the first half, but played only a few minutes in the second half after being inadvertently hit in the face. Kirkwood Coach Bryan Petersen said Appel could have returned, but felt it was not necessary with the Eagles holding a comfortable lead.

All-American Doug Wilson did not play Saturday. Petersen said Wilson suffered a hip injury against Iowa Lakes last Wednesday and was withheld as a precautionary measure. He expects Wilson to play when Kirkwood hosts Ellsworth on Wednesday.

Bailey Dee scored 12 points for Kirkwood, which raised its record to 18-2. Allante Pickens made three 3-pointers and scored 11 points. Devonte Thedford had 10 points.



Wilson stars as No. 3 Eagles sink Lakers

ESTHERVILLE - All-American Doug Wilson turned in another stellar performance for the Kirkwood Eagles Wednesday night.

Wilson collected 25 points, 11 rebounds and four assists as the third-ranked Eagles trimmed Iowa Lakes, 80-76, in a key ICCAC  conference game in Estherville.

Wilson shot 10-for-14 from the field and continued his good work at the foul line by hitting 5-of-7.

Kirkwood opened a two-game lead in the conference race at 6-0, with Iowa Lakes (4-2) and NIACC (3-1) essentially tied for second place.



Mullinnix helps No. 7 Eagles triumph

ESTHERVILLE - Haley Mullinnix continued her hot shooting Wednesday night for the Kirkwood Eagles.

Mullinnix canned five 3-pointers and tossed in 15 points as the seventh-ranked Eagles dunked Iowa Lakes, 68-54, in an ICCAC conference game in Estherville.

In her last two games, Mullinnix has connected on 11 of 13 3-pointers in clutch victories over NIACC and Iowa Lakes. She was 6-for-7 against NIACC on Saturday and 5-for-6 against the Lakers.

Kirkwood raised its records to 17-5 overall and 7-0 in the conference. Iowa Lakes fell to 16-4 overall and 4-2 in the league.

The Eagles raced to a 41-20 lead at halftime and enjoyed a 54-30 bulge entering the fourth period.



Todd Rima honored by IHSBCA

Kirkwood Coach Todd Rima was honored by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association at its annual awards banquet Saturday night at the Marriott Hotel in Cedar Rapids.

Rima was named the IHSBCA College Coach of the Year for junior college coaches. Brian Wede of Northwestern College won the award for four-year schools.



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