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Saturday, January 19, 2019
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Rally falls short for Mustangs

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - The Mount Mercy women's basketball team trailed by 24 points early in the third quarter Saturday, but they never gave up and nearly pulled off a miracle.

The Mustangs climbed back within two points with one minute remaining before losing to Baker University, 77-72, in a Heart of America Conference game in Kansas.

Mount Mercy trailed, 64-40, in the third quarter and nearly made it all the way back. The Mustangs outscored Baker, 34-19, in the second half after trailing by 20 at intermission.

Sharice Kawakami led the Mustangs with 28 points, seven rebounds and three assists. She tossed in six 3-pointers. Brianna Thomas scored 15 points and Audrey Mulumba had 10.

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Mustangs tame 2018 NAIA champs

The Mount Mercy Mustangs will be piling on a bus at 10 o'clock Friday morning for a long ride to Kansas, but they'll climb aboard with big smiles and a ton of confidence.

The Mustangs whipped the 2018 NAIA national champions Thursday night with an 85-77 victory over Graceland in a Heart of America Conference game at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

Last year, the Mustangs found a way to lose close games against quality opponents. This time, they found a way to prevail with some cold-blooded 3-pointers in the final minutes.

"It means everything," said Michael Brawner-Henley, who hit a triple with 48 seconds left for an 81-75 advantage. "This Mount Mercy team is under-rated. We come in as underdogs every season, so we just come in here and fight 24/7 in practice.

"We came in here tonight with a chip on shoulders."

Mount Mercy took a 70-59 lead with 7:25 remaining on a pair of free throws by Bailey Basala, but Graceland pulled within 72-71 with three minutes left with a 12-2 spurt.

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Howell returns and tops Mims

Micha Mims enjoyed playing for Frank Howell during her prep career at Cedar Rapids Washington, but now they've become friendly opponents as college head coaches in the Heart of America Conference.

Howell enjoyed the upper hand Thursday night as Graceland topped Mount Mercy, 93-81, at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

Howell and Mims are both in their third year as college head coaches and Howell holds a 4-1 lead in five meetings.

The Mustangs gave the Yellowjackets a good ballgame, but the visitors got 62 points from three players to head back to Lamoni with a victory.

Sarai Rodriguez led Graceland with 22 points while Christacia Dawkins and Caitlin Sudduth netted 20 apiece.

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Wilson nets 32 for No. 5 Eagles

MARSHALLTOWN - Doug Wilson was an unstoppable force for the Kirkwood Eagles again Wednesday night.

Wilson poured in 32 points as the fifth-ranked Eagles topped Marshalltown Community College, 90-82, in a non-conference game in Marshalltown.

Wilson, a 6-foot-7 center from Des Moines, made 14 of 18 shots from the field. He also had six rebounds, three assists, three steals and one blocked shot.

Connor Kasperbauer made three 3-pointers for Kirkwood and finished with 14 points. Luke Appel scored 11 points and Brady Sartorius had 10 points with some clutch free throws. Sartorius also collected five assists.

Kirkwood raised its record to 7-1. Eduardo Lane scored 21 points for Marshalltown, which fell to 6-6 for the campaign.

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No. 2 KCC women roll by Loras JV

Ashley Tull and Jheda Kennedy scored 13 points apiece Tuesday night as the Kirkwood Eagles defeated the Loras College junior varsity, 91-52, in a women's basketball game at Johnson Hall.

Anasha Hurst and Johanna Myers tallied 10 points apiece in a typically balanced attack for the second-ranked Eagles.

Leah Robinson and Brianna Mensen scored nine points apiece. Haley Mullinnix had eight points, Mackenzie Jenkins seven, Ju Gaston six and Paige Bradford six.

Kennedy, Myers and Mensen made three 3-pointers. Jenkins collected seven rebounds, five steals and four assists. Gaston had six steals. Robinson grabbed five rebounds.

Hannah Thiele tossed in five 3-pointers and scored 17 points for Loras.

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