Tuesday, February 18, 2020
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Missouri Valley beats Mustang women

The Mount Mercy women's basketball team lost to Missouri Valley,  86-54, in a Heart of America Conference game Saturday at the Hennessey  Recreation Center.

Brianna Thomas scored 12 points for the Mustangs (4-17, 1-15). Sarah  Moffett and Chailey Cabalis had 10 points apiece.

Payton Funk collected 12 points for Missouri Valley (4-16, 3-14).


Mustang men's volleyball sweeps Graceland

Ben Steffen collected eight kills and five blocks Friday night as the  Mount Mercy men's volleyball team swept Graceland, 25-18, 25-17,  25-22, in a Heart of America Conference match at the Hennessey  Recreation Center.

The Mustangs squared their records at 1-1 overall and 1-1 in the  league, following a season-opening loss to top-ranked Grand View.

Evan Gaskill matched Steffen with eight kills for the Mutsangs.


Mount Mercy men pound Grand View

DES MOINES - The Mount Mercy men's basketball team took out its recent  frustrations on Grand View Thursday night.

The Mustangs smashed the Vikings, 98-70, in a Heart of America  Conference game in Des Moines to end a string of tough defeats.

Bailey Basala canned five 3-pointers and scored 20 points as Mount  Mercy raised its records to 10-11 overall and 5-10 in the conference.  Dennis McKinney scored 17 points, RoyShawn Webb 14 and Julian Hehmann  10.

The Mustangs raced to a 54-28 lead at halftime and cruised from there.  Mount Mercy shot 57.4 percent from the floor, compared to 35.2 percent  for the Vikings.

Drew Johnson scored 13 points for Grand View (6-15, 4-12).


Grand View tops Mount Mercy women

DES MOINES - The miseries continued for the Mount Mercy women's  basketball team Thursday night.

The Mustangs lost to Grand View, 67-52, in a Heart of America  Conference game in Des Moines.

Mount Mercy fell to 4-16 overall and 1-14 in the conference. The  Mustangs have a 2-37 record in the Heart of America the past two  seasons, including a 1-23 mark last year.

Sandra Mia led the Mustangs with 16 points.

Mackenzie Roberts poured in 26 points off the bench for Grand View  (15-7, 11-5).


Appel shines as Kirkwood nips NIACC

Luke Appel knew he needed to get stronger and develop better moves around the basket to become a major force for the Kirkwood Eagles this season.

Mission accomplished.

Appel stuffed the stat sheet Wednesday night with 27 points, 17 rebounds and six assists as the 14th-ranked Eagles held off 12th-ranked NIACC, 89-88, in an ICCAC conference thriller at Johnson Hall.

The victory lifted Kirkwood into a three-way for first place in the conference with DMACC and Iowa Lakes with 6-1 records.

Appel, a 6-foot-8 sophomore from Marshalltown, averaged 9.7 points and 6.5 rebounds last season when Kirkwood won the NJCAA Division II national title. Now he's producing 15.5 points and 8.3 rebounds and getting the ball at crunch time.

When the Eagles needed a big bucket Wednesday night, they looked for Appel in the low post, just like they did last year when Doug Wilson was the star of the show.

"I've kind of grown into the role," Appel said. "Doug was my mentor last year and I kind of just learned from him.

"He's an All-American and he's averaging 20 at a Division I school (South Dakota State), so I learned from him every day. And I tried to get as strong as I could this summer and try to become the best I could be.

"I really didn't lift in high school, but I've learned to love it. I was in there all summer."


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