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Illinois Central drills No. 2 Eagles

EAST PEORIA, Ill. - The Kirkwood women's basketball team has gotten off to a rough start this season.

The Eagles were drilled by seventh-ranked Illinois Central, 94-49, in the second round of the Illinois Central Classic Saturday afternoon.

Kirkwood were ranked No. 2 in the country in the NJCAA Division II preseason poll after finishing second in the national tournament last year, but the Eagles have a 1-3 record with three lopsided losses.

Illinois Central outscored the Eagles, 52-18, in the second half after leading 42-31 at intermission.

Jheda Kennedy led Kirkwood with nine points. The Eagles shot 16 for 53 from the floor for 30.2 percent.


No. 2 Eagles capture first win of season

EAST PEORIA, Ill. - The second-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team broke into the victory column Friday with a lopsided 62-21 triumph over Danville Community College at the Illinois Central Classic.

Mackenzie Jenkins led the Eagles (1-2) with 14 points. Ashley Tull added 13 for Kirkwood.

The Eagles began the season with two losses against NJCAA Division I opponents at the State Fair Classic in Missouri last weekend.


Mustangs edged by St. Ambrose, 75-74

DAVENPORT - Jake Meeske made a free throw with three seconds remaining Wednesday night to snap a tie and give St. Ambrose a 75-74 victory over Mount Mercy in a non-conference basketball game on the Leo Kilfoy Court inside of Lee Lohman Arena in Davenport.

Mychael Brawner-Henley, who struggled all night with his 3-point shooting for Mount Mercy, canned a 3-pointer with 10 seconds remaining to tie the ballgame at 74-74.

The Mustangs fouled Meeske, who made his first foul shot to give the Bees their final margin.

Mount Mercy (2-1) launched 52 3-pointers in the 40-minute contest and made 17 for 32.7 percent. All told, the Mustangs shot 27 for 70 from the field for 38.6 percent.

Brawner-Henley, who shot 7-for-8 on 3-pointers in the first half against Viterbo last week, was only 2-for-13 from long range against St. Ambrose.


No. 5 Eagles dump Mount Mercy JV

Bryan Petersen spent a lot of time shaking his head in disappointment during the first half Tuesday night, so don't be fooled by Kirkwood's 101-54 victory over the Mount Mercy junior varsity at Johnson Hall.

The fifth-ranked Eagles sputtered to a 42-30 lead at intermission before getting untracked in the second half.

"The first half obviously wasn't very good," said Petersen, in his sixth year as Kirkwood's head coach. "Obviously these type of games (against JV opponents) are hard to play in sometimes, but it was the home opener.

"I was kind of hoping that we'd come out with a little more urgency from the beginning, which was kind of disappointing."

The Eagles (2-1) have four new starters in the lineup to team with returning All-American Doug Wilson, so Petersen knows it will take time as he tries to mold the team.

"The second half obviously was better," he said. "I thought some guys came in and sparked us a little bit and brought some energy. But it was disappointing that we didn't have better energy in the first 20 minutes.


Mount Mercy women dump Waldorf

The Mount Mercy women's basketball team turned on the jets in the second half and defeated Waldorf, 66-57, in a non-conference game at the Hennessey Recreation Center Tuesday night.

The Mustangs trailed by 12 points at intermission, but they outscored Waldorf 42-21 in the second half for the nine-point triumph.

Mount Mercy has begun the new season with three straight victories after finishing 7-24 a year ago.

Aurianna Hampton came off the bench to pump in 20 points in 22 minutes for the Mustangs. Brianna Thomas finished with 15 points and nine rebounds. Sharice Kawakami contributed 11 points. Chelsey Lampe grabbed eight rebounds.


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