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No. 17 Eagles dump Ellsworth

Jamal Stephenson popped in 20 points Wednesday night as the  17th-ranked Kirkwood Eagles defeated Ellsworth, 88-66, in an ICCAC  conference game at Johnson Hall.

Stephenson shot 8 for 11 from the field and made four 3-pointers.

Kirkwood raised its records to 14-4 overall and 4-1 in the conference.  Ellsworth fell to 10-10 overall and 1-4 in the league.

Luke Appel scored 16 points for the Eagles. Devonte Thedford had 15  points, Griff Clark 12 and Niko Gosnell 11. Clark was 4-for-5 on  3-pointers and Thedford was 3-for-3 as the Eagles shot 13 of 20 from  behind the arc.

Adam Jackson and Anthony Eddy had 12 points for Ellsworth.


No. 1 KCC women raise mark to 18-1

Ju Gaston collected a double-double Monday night as the top-ranked  Kirkwood women's basketball team defeated Southwestern, 71-45, in an  ICCAC conference game at Johnson Hall.

Gaston finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two  steals for the Eagles, who raised their records to 18-1 overall and  5-0 in the league.

Amara Lipsey made all three of her 3-pointers and scored 13 points for  Kirkwood. Kemara Watson contributed 10 points and eight rebounds.

Simone Jordan scored 16 points for Southwestern (6-12, 1-4).

Kirkwood led by only two points at halftime, 25-23, but the Eagles  outscored the Spartans 29-8 in the third quarter to take control.


No. 12 Eagles roll by Southwestern

The Southwestern men's basketball team arrived at Johnson Hall Monday  with only eight players in uniform and nobody taller than 6-foot-5.

It was a mismatch from the opening tip.

The 12th-ranked Kirkwood Eagles opened a 53-point lead in the second  half and cruised to a 100-60 victory in an ICCAC conference game.

Kirkwood raised its records to 13-4 overall and 3-1 in the league.  Southwestern fell to 7-14 overall and 1-4 in the conference.

DJ Purnell scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Eagles.  Luke Appel collected a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds.  Jamal Stephenson, enjoying his first start this season, also scored 15  points. Griff Clark canned four 3-pointers and added 14 points.

Kirkwood punished Southwestern on the backboards, 48-15. James Kelley  scored 19 points for the visitors.


Mustangs trimmed by No. 3 Statesmen

The Mount Mercy Mustangs gave third-ranked William Penn a good battle  Monday night before falling, 93-89, in a Heart of America Conference  game at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

The Mustangs pumped in 20 3-pointers to give themselves a chance  at pulling a major upset, including a triple by Royshawn Webb that  pulled the home team within 92-89 with 45 seconds left, but the rally  ended there.

Bailey Basala and Streeter McIlravy both canned five 3-pointers and  scored 19 points for Mount Mercy (9-9, 4-8). Webb finished with 17  points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal. Davion  Watson scored 15 points for the Mustangs. Dennis McKinney chipped in  with 11 points and six assists.

Kevin Blaylock provided 19 points and 10 rebounds for William Penn,  which is enjoying a terrific season at 17-1 overall and 11-1 in the  conference. Five Statesmen scored in double figures, matching the  Mustangs.

William Penn topped Mount Mercy on the backboards, 52-36.


Mount Mercy women pinned by Penn

The Mount Mercy women's basketball team lost to William Penn, 78-53,  in a Heart of America Conference game at the Hennessey Recreation  Center Monday night.

The Mustangs fell to 4-13 overall and 1-11 in the league. William Penn  raised its records to 13-4 overall and 9-3 in the league.

Sandra Mia scored 22 points for Mount Mercy and Brianna Thomas chipped  in with 12.

Kate Ylitalo popped in five 3-pointers and scored 23 points for William Penn.


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