Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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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.


Fleming joins IWSL for 2018 campaign

The Iowa Women's Softball League featured players from colleges throughout the Midwest last season.

Now the IWSL is heading East.

Allison Fleming, a freshman at Albright College in Reading, Pa., has joined the league for the 2018 campaign, making her the first representative from a school in Pennsylvania in the league.

Albright College is an NCAA Division III school that competes in the Middle Atlantic Conference.


Fleming is a catcher and outfielder who attended Urbandale High School. She is the 25th player to enroll in the Iowa Women's Softball League for 2018 with many more on the way.

The vast majority of registered players are currently attending colleges in Iowa, of course, but the IWSL also has attracted players from schools in Minnesota, Utah, Oklahoma and South Dakota for next summer.


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."


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