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KCC women crush team by 90 points

The second-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team defeated a hapless  opponent by 90 points Saturday at Johnson Hall.

The Eagles crushed Little Priest Tribal College, 119-29, in a colossal  mismatch in an ICCAC affair.

Kirkwood outscored Little Priest 33-9 in the first quarter, 26-6 in  the second quarter, 31-3 in the third quarter and 29-11 in the fourth  quarter.

Paige Bradford led seven Eagles into double figures with 18 points and  11 rebounds. Ju Gaston contributed 16 points, seven steals, four  assists and three rebounds. Kemara Watson finished with 16 points and  seven rebounds.

Natalie Tomaszewski had 13 points and nine rebounds for Kirkwood.  Kortney Drake also scored 13 points. Delani Harris netted 11 points  and Marissa Metz had 10.


Eagles climb into 3-way tie for top

The Kirkwood Eagles raced to a 22-point lead at halftime Saturday and  dunked Little Priest Tribal College, 86-65, in an ICCAC men's  basketball game at Johnson Hall.

The victory lifted Kirkwood into a three-way tie for the conference  lead with DMACC and Iowa Lakes, all with 9-2 records in the league.

DJ Purnell powered the Eagles (20-5) with 22 points on perfect 9-for-9  shooting from the floor and grabbed eight rebounds. Devonte Thedford,  Griffen Clark, Jamal Stephenson and Owen Coburn scored 10 points apiece.

Reynald Laurent tossed in eight 3-pointers and poured in 28 points for  Little Priest (5-17, 0-10).


Mount Mercy rally falls short

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - A furious rally by the Mount Mercy women's  basketball team fell a little short Saturday.

The Mustangs lost to Baker University, 59-55, in a Heart of America  Conference game after falling behind by 21 points.

Mount Mercy trailed 49-28 early in the fourth quarter, but they caught  fire for a 16-0 run and pulled within five points at 49-44.

The Mustangs later drew within three points at 56-53 on a 3-pointer by  Sandra Mia with 31 seconds left and within three points again at 58-55  on a basket by Grace Stalzer with 15 seconds remaining, but the rally  ended there.

Brianna Thomas scored 17 points for Mount Mercy (5-20, 2-18). Mia  finished with 15 points.


Mustangs fall short at Baker

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - The Mount Mercy men's basketball traveled to  Kansas on Saturday in search of an important victory on the road, but  a valiant effort fell short.

The Mustangs suffered a damaging loss to Baker, 85-80, in a Heart of  America Conference game after leading 34-33 at halftime.

Mount Mercy dropped into 10th place in the league standings. Only the  top eight teams in the conference will make the postseason tournament,  and the Mustangs are now two games out of eighth place with four games  left.


Armendano powers Mustangs in triangular

Julian Armendano collected 29 kills Saturday as the Mount Mercy men's  volleyball team swept both of its matches in a triangular meet at the  Hennessey Recreation Center.

Armendano collected 18 kills as the Mustangs took care of Judson,  25-17, 25-13, 25-22, in their first match. He then had 11 kills as the  Mustangs rolled by Morningside, 25-15, 25-18, 25-14, in their second  outing.

The twin-killings lifted Mount Mercy to 7-5 for the campaign.

Bobby Muller had seven kills for Mount Mercy in the victory over  Judson. Ben Ruggles dished out 28 assists. Armendano had 10 digs and  Ben Steffen blocked five shots.


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