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No. 1 Eagles fall to No. 4 NIACC

The look on Kim Muhl's face told the story.

He never said it directly, but the veteran Kirkwood women's basketball coach gave off the vibe that his team let one slip away Wednesday night.

In a battle of two nationally-ranked teams, No. 4 North Iowa Area Community College got a late fourth-quarter run and held off numerous challenges in the final two minutes to upset the top-ranked Eagles, 63-60, in an ICCAC game before an enthusiastic crowd at Johnson Hall.

"I thought we didn't do a very good job doing some things," Muhl said. "You gotta make free throws, 15-for-29 is pretty poor. That's on them. They have to make their shots."

Free throws weren't the only area of struggle for the Eagles (20-2, 7-1). They only connected on one 3-point basket in 15 attempts, compared to 9-for-32 for the visitors. NIACC (21-1, 9-0) elected to put heavy pressure on the Kirkwood guards, allowing the Eagle posts to work against single coverage.

"We didn't guard well in transition a couple of times," Muhl said. "We lost them and they hit a couple of 3's. That was our fault. They are too good to let them have open shots like that."

Despite their offensive struggles, the Eagles had their chances. NIACC's biggest lead of the night was a pair of six-point margins early in both halves. The Eagles never led by more than two points the entire night.


Mount Mercy trimmed by Clarke, 94-90

A frustrating season for the Mount Mercy men's basketball team  continued Monday night at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

The Mustangs lost to Clarke, 94-90, in a Heart of America Conference  game to drop another tight affair.

The setback left Mount Mercy at 9-11 overall and 4-10 in the  conference. Clarke raised its records to 15-6 overall and 11-4 in the  league.

RoyShawn Webb hit five 3-pointers and finished with 26 points, six  assists and six rebounds for Mount Mercy. Street McIlravy also made  five 3-pointers and scored 23 points. Bailey Basala added 17 points  and Dennis McKinney had 16.

Keith Johnson popped in 27 points for Clarke and Darius Lasley notched 23.


Kirkwood cagers sweep Little Priest

WINNEBAGO, Neb. - The Kirkwood basketball teams rolled to easy  victories over Little Priest Tribal College in ICCAC conference games  in Nebraska Saturday.

The top-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team crushed Little Priest  by 49 points, 111-62, for its straight lopsided victory. The Eagles  defeated Ellsworth by 50 points on Wednesday.

Kemara Watson led Kirkwood (20-1, 7-0) with 21 points. Paige Bradford  scored 19 points, Tatiana Hodges-Johnson netted 14 points and Marissa  Metz had 13.


Mount Mercy men fall in OT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Mount Mercy men's basketball team lost to  Evangel, 91-89, in overtime Saturday in a Heart of America Conference  game in Springfield.

Streeter McIlravy popped in six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 27  points for the Mustangs (9-10, 4-9). Bailey Basala finished with a  double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds. RoyShawn Webb  contributed 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

Evangel raised its records to 12-8 overall and 8-6 in the conference.

The Mount Mercy women's basketball team lost to Evangel in the first  game of the doubleheader, 77-44. The Mustangs trailed 18-3 after the  first quarter.


No. 1 KCC women win by 50 points

Paige Bradford scored 22 points Wednesday night as the top-ranked  Kirkwood Eagles crushed Ellsworth, 89-39, in an ICCAC game at Johnson  Hall.

Kirkwood raised its records to 19-1 overall and 6-0 in the league.  Winless Ellsworth fell to 0-18 overall and 0-6 in the conference.

Kemara Watson hit 8 of 9 shots and scored 17 points for Kirkwood.  Delani Harris netted 15 points and Tatiana Hodges-Johnson had 12.

Ellie Barrows tossed in six 3-pointers and scored 24 points for Ellsworth.


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