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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Wilson helps No. 8 Eagles top DMACC

Doug Wilson used to treat visits to the free throw line like he was going to the dentist.

Now it seems like he's going to the candy store when he gets fouled. And he's taking the Kirkwood Eagles along for the goodies.

Wilson made DMACC pay at the foul line Saturday as the eighth-ranked Eagles beat the Bears, 83-73, in an ICCAC conference game at Johnson Hall.

Wilson cashed 8 of 10 foul shots at key times and scored a game-high 20 points as Kirkwood maintained a two-game lead in the conference at the halfway point of the campaign.

This past Wednesday night, Wilson was 8 for 11 at the charity stripe and poured in a career-best 34 points as the Eagles won a big game at Ellsworth.

Adding those numbers together, the 6-foot-7 freshman from Des Moines is 16 for 21 at the foul line the last two games for 76.2 percent. Prior to that, he was a poor 20 of 55 for 36.4 percent.

Practice. Practice. Practice.



Muhl nets 850th win as Eagles soar

The showdown for the conference lead turned into another showcase for the Kirkwood women's basketball team Saturday.

It also produced the 850th victory for Coach Kim Muhl in his Hall of Fame career with the Eagles.

The second-ranked Eagles jumped to a 22-2 lead in the first quarter and pelted 14th-ranked DMACC, 84-45, at Johnson Hall to grab a two-game lead in the ICCAC conference standings.

"It was a good win for us," said Muhl. "They dialed in."

Muhl raised his record to a sizzling 850-150 in exactly 1,000 games at Kirkwood in 29 years. He's already won seven NJCAA Division II national titles and has a shot at No. 8 this season.

Muhl, 62, brushed aside a question about making a run for 1,000 wins before he's through.

"I'm going for 851," he said, laughing.

Kirkwood raised its records to 21-3 overall and 7-0 in the conference with its 11th straight victory. The league's two alphabet schools, DMACC and NIACC, are both 5-2 at the mid-point of the race.



Wilson nets 34 for No. 8 Eagles

IOWA FALLS - Doug Wilson poured in 34 points Wednesday night as the  eighth-ranked Kirkwood Eagles dropped Ellsworth, 90-83, in an ICCAC conference game in Iowa Falls.

Wilson, who leads NJCAA Division II in shooting accuracy, made 13 field goals and was 8 for 11 at the foul line.

The victory kept the Eagles in first place in the conference at 5-0, good for a two-game lead in the loss column. Kirkwood has won eight straight games and is now 16-4 overall.

Ethan Meeker popped in four 3-pointers and contributed 18 points for the Eagles.

Ellsworth fell to 12-8 overall and 1-4 in the conference.



Ajak paces No. 2 Eagles by Ellsworth

IOWA FALLS - Awal Ajak scored 15 points and had five steals Wednesday night as the second-ranked Kirkwood Eagles defeated Ellsworth, 65-47, in an ICCAC conference game in Iowa Falls.

Arika Wooldridge contributed 10 points off the bench for the Eagles. Christmas Puok and Niaja Taylor had eight points. Puok, Megan Axcell, Taylor and Olivia Usher all had six rebounds.

Kirkwood drubbed Ellsworth 22-3 in the first quarter and cruised to the victory from there.

Kirkwood won for the 10th straight time, raising its records to 20-3 overall and 6-0 in the conference. The Eagles host DMACC Saturday at 1  p.m. in a showdown for the conference lead.



No. 11 Eagles hold off No. 13 Spartans

Chris King needed a heating pad for his sore back at halftime and was suffering from leg cramps after the game, but he felt good when he left Johnson Hall Saturday afternoon.

King poured in 27 points and collected six assists as the 11th-ranked Kirkwood Eagles topped 13th-ranked Southwestern Community College, 89-84, in a ferocious junior college basketball game.

King, a 6-foot guard from Des Moines, shrugged off the ailments after playing 37 of 40 minutes in a key ICCAC affair.

"I'm just trying to fight through it," he said. "You've always got injuries and little bruises through the season, so it's nothing really.

"You just have to go out there and give it your all for your team."

Kirkwood raised its ICCAC record to 4-0 and took a two-game lead in the loss column in the conference standings ahead of Southwestern (3-2), Iowa Lakes (3-2) and Iowa Central (2-2).



Mullinnix sparks No. 2 Kirkwood women

Haley Mullinnix can chew gum and play basketball at the same time.

She did both very well for the Kirkwood Eagles Saturday afternoon on her 19th birthday.

Mullinnix moved up in the rotation and scored a career-best 15 points as the second-ranked Eagles spanked Southwestern, 82-44, in an ICCAC conference game at Johnson Hall.

Tay Wilson, Kirkwood's top point guard, missed Saturday's contest due to a two-game suspension for violating team rules. That meant Niaja Taylor moved into the starting lineup and Mullinnix became the backup point guard for the first time this season.

She delivered.

Mullinnix, a 5-foot-5 freshman from West Branch, made all six of her shots from the field, including three straight 3-pointers in the first half to steer Kirkwood in the right direction after a slow start.

She also collected two assists, one rebound and one steal during 16 minutes on the floor.



Marble sparks No. 11 Eagles to easy win

When your last name is Marble and you play basketball in the state of Iowa, people expect you to be really good.

That's perfectly OK with Carlo Marble, whose father and older brother both starred for the Iowa Hawkeyes during their college careers.

"I think it's a challenge," he said Wednesday night, "and I like challenges."

Marble scored 19 points and played a strong all-around game as the 11th-ranked Kirkwood Eagles rolled by Little Priest Tribal College, 89-58, in a non-conference affair at Johnson Hall.

Roy Marble, Carlo's father, scored 2,116 points for the Hawkeyes from 1985 through 1989 and is the leading scorer in school history. He was an exciting player to watch and a first-round NBA draft pick in 1989.

Sadly, Roy Marble died from cancer in 2015 when he was 48.

Roy "Devyn" Marble, Carlo's older brother, scored 1,675 points during his University of Iowa career and was a second-round NBA draft pick in 2014. He's now recovering from a knee injury after playing pro ball in Greece and Italy.

Carlo Marble, by contrast, is toiling in relative obscurity for the Kirkwood Eagles, coming off the bench for the most part and averaging 8.4 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 January 2018 06:16



No. 2 KCC women win 8th straight

WEST BURLINGTON - Mackenzie Jenkins led a balanced attack with 14 points Wednesday night as the second-ranked Kirkwood Eagles dumped Southeastern Community college, 73-52, in an ICCAC game in West Burlington.

Olivia Usher collected 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists for Kirkwood. Arika Wooldridge finished with 11 points and six rebounds. Awal Ajak had 10 points.

Kirkwood won for the eighth straight time, raising its records to 18-3 overall and 4-0 in the conference. The Eagles are tied for first place in the league with DMACC.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 January 2018 06:03



Brady Sartorius commits to Kirkwood basketball

Brady Sartorius, a high-scoring guard from Mount Pleasant High School, committed to the Kirkwood men's basketball team Sunday night.

Sartorius, a 6-foot senior, is averaging 22.6 points, 4.7 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 3.1 steals at Mount Pleasant.

"Excited to say I'll be continuing my education and basketball career at Kirkwood!!," he announced on Twitter.

Mount Pleasant is a Class 3A school with a 13-3 record.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 January 2018 05:42



Ajak leads No. 2 KCC women to win

ESTHERVILLE - Sophomore Awal Ajak scored 14 points, including four 3-point baskets, to lead No. 2 Kirkwood to a 70-46 win over Iowa Lakes here Saturday.

Christmas Puok added 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds for the Eagles (17-3 overall, 3-0 in conference play). Olivia Usher finished with 10 points for Kirkwood.

Lemia Ntor-Ue led Iowa Lakes (6-11, 1-2) with a game-high 16 points.

Kirkwood returns to action Wednesday with a conference game at Southeastern.



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