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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kirkwood men hold off Dubuque JV

The search continues for the Kirkwood men's basketball team.

The search for a productive starting lineup. The search for an effective rotation. The search for success.

The Eagles held off the University of Dubuque junior varsity, 71-63, Thursday night at Johnson Hall, but Coach Bryan Petersen is still searching for the right answers with the conference race on the horizon.

"Obviously this wasn't a great overall effort from our group," said Petersen. "We won, but it's on me. We just didn't have the group ready to go tonight. Not a great effort."

Kirkwood has pounded a lot of JV teams over the years, but this was a competitive game from start to finish. The Eagles led by only one point at halftime, 34-33, and were never able to put the Spartans away despite opening a 13-point lead.

Just when it looked like the game was in the bag at 67-54, Dubuque scored nine straight points to make it 67-63.



Eagles slay No.5 Illinois Central for title

PEORIA, Ill. - The Kirkwood Eagles got their revenge against Illinois  Central in the championship game of the Illinois Central holiday  tournament on Saturday.

The eighth-ranked Eagles rallied to defeat the fifth-ranked Cougars,  52-44, with a strong performance in the fourth quarter. Kirkwood  trailed 37-33 entering the final stanza, but the visitors outscored  the home team 19-7 in the last 10 minutes for the victory.

Illinois Central trimmed Kirkwood, 59-58, in the final round of the  Kirkwood tournament on Nov. 11, so the two premier junior college  basketball teams are knotted at 1-1 for the season.

Kirkwood finished with a perfect 37-0 record last season when Coach  Kim Muhl's club won the national championship. The Eagles are now 13-3  this year, making them 50-3 the last two years.

Tay Wilson led Kirkwood Saturday with 14 points, seven rebounds, three  assists and two steals. Awal Ajak scored 13 points and Arika  Wooldridge contributed 11 points off the bench.



No. 8 KCC women top No.10 Owens

PEORIA, Ill. - Tay Wilson popped in 20 points Friday afternoon to help  the eighth-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team defeat 10th-ranked  Owens, 77-63, in the semifinals of the Illinois Central holiday  tournament.

Kirkwood (12-3) plays for the championship Saturday.

Olivia Usher scored 17 points and collected seven assists against  Owens. Megan Axcell contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds for a  double-double. Awal Ajak added 13 points.

Kirkwood made twelve 3-pointers in the ballgame. Axcell hit four  triples, while Wilson and Ajak had three apiece.



Robinson leads No. 8 Eagles by Sauk Valley

PEORIA, Ill. - Freshman Leah Robinson poured in 23 points Thursday afternoon as the eighth-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team drubbed Sauk Valley, 98-39, in the opening round of the Illinois Central Holiday Tournament.

Robinson, a 6-foot-1 forward from Evanston, Ill., canned 10 of 13 shots from the field and scored her career-best for the Eagles.

Tay Wilson contributed 15 points, five assists and three steals for Kirkwood. Tinee'sha Coleman scored 14 points. Arika Wooldridge had 11 points and seven rebounds. Christmas Puok grabbed 10 rebounds.

Kirkwood (11-3) advanced to the semifinals of the tournament Friday at 2 p.m.



KCC women fall to Chi-Town All-Stars

SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. - The sixth-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team lost to the Chi-Town All-Stars, 74-67, in the second round of the South Suburban Christmas Classic Saturday afternoon.

Awal Ajak tossed in 16 points with four 3-pointers for the Eagles and was named to the all-tournament team.

Leah Robinson scored 12 points for the Eagles, who fell to 10-3 for the campaign. Megan Axcell contributed nine points and seven rebounds. Olivia Usher had five assists.



No. 6 Kirkwood women roll by Joliet

SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. - Olivia Usher tossed in 15 points Friday evening and Tay Wilson added 14 as the sixth-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team dumped Joliet Junior College, 89-59, at a tournament in the Chicago suburbs.

Leah Robinson scored 10 points as the Eagles raised their record to 10-2. Awal Ajak hit three 3-pointers and scored nine points. Megan Axcell also contributed nine points.

Kirkwood faces Highland Community College in the second round of the tournament Saturday at 1 p.m.

Joliet fell to 11-2 with the setback.



Kirkwood men fall to SCC again

Bryan Petersen has a list and he's checking it twice, but it has nothing to do with buying Christmas gifts for the Kirkwood men's basketball team.

Petersen has a long list of problems the Eagles need to solve before they can become a championship team this season.

The Eagles ran into problems Wednesday night and lost to Southeastern Community College, 70-62, at Johnson Hall for their second loss to the Blackhawks this year.

Kirkwood committed 18 turnovers, suffered breakdowns on defense, missed open shots and saw two of its top scorers combine for only four points in the ballgame.

The setback dropped the Eagles to 8-4 heading into the holidays and a three-week break before their next game on Jan 2.

"We're not coming together and obviously we're not finding the solutions," said Petersen. "And that's on us as coaches as well.

"It's frustrating to lose at home and lose in the fashion that we did."

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 December 2017 16:31



King lifts Kirkwood past John Wood

QUINCY, Ill. - Chris King hit a short jumper in the final minute  Saturday afternoon to give the Kirkwood Eagles a 71-70 victory over John Wood College in a non-conference game.

Kirkwood trailed 70-69 when King made a shot from eight feet with about 30 seconds leftin the game. Doug Wilson blocked a shot in the final seconds to help preserve the victory.

King paced Kirkwood (8-3) with 25 points. Tajen Ross tossed in 15 points and Wilson added 12.



Wooldridge paces No. 7 Eagles by Blazers

QUINCY, Ill. - Arika Wooldridge scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds Saturday afternoon as the seventh-ranked Kirkwood Eagles topped John Wood, 55-37, in a non-conference women's basketball game.

Megan Axcell popped in three 3-pointers and netted 11 points for Kirkwood, which raised its record to 9-2. Tay Wilson collected six assists and Olivia Usher had four steals.

The Eagles defeated John Wood, 75-36, at Kirkwood Nov. 15 to sweep the season series.



No. 7 Eagles stroll by Marshalltown

The seventh-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team built a 33-point lead at halftime Wednesday night and cruised to a 75-43 victory over Marshalltown at Johnson Hall.

Megan Axcell and Leah Robinson scored 10 points apiece for the Eagles in a balanced attack. Awal Ajak, Mackenzie Jenkins and Tinee'sha Coleman contributed nine points.

Kirkwood punished Marshalltown 26-5 in the second quarter to take a commanding 51-18 lead at halftime. Kirkwood's biggest lead was 35 points early in the second half.

The Eagles raised their record to 8-2 with the victory.

Kirkwood was ranked No. 1 in the nation in the preseason poll, but the Eagles have fallen to No. 7 in the first poll of the regular season after dropping two games.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 December 2017 05:53



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