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Kirkwood - Womens Basketball

No. 1 Eagles stroll at national tourney

HARRISON, Ark. - The top-ranked Kirkwood Eagles scored the first 25 points of the second half Tuesday night and dumped Dakota College, 78-43, in the opening round of the NJCAA Division II national tournament.

Kirkwood (34-0) will face Cincinnati State (27-6) in the quarterfinals Thursday at 6 p.m. at Pioneer Pavilion in Harrison, Ark.

Kirkwood led 37-22 at halftime, but the Eagles did not play at a high level in the first half. That changed in the third quarter.

The Eagles poured in basket after basket in the third period, forcing turnovers and dominating the backboards. Olivia Usher made it a 30-point game at 52-22 with a three-point play and a 3-pointer, then Tay Tay Wilson and Simone Goods popped in 3-pointers to make it 58-22.

The bulge reached 40 points at 62-22 as Kirkwood took complete control of the game with the incredible 25-0 run.

Goods finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Wilson led the Eagles in scoring with four 3-pointers and 19 points.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 March 2017 04:59

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Kirkwood - Womens Basketball

Muhl named 2017 National Coach of Year

Kirkwood Community College women's basketball coach Kim Muhl is the 2017 United States Marine Corps/WBCA National Junior/Community College Coach of the Year, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced Wednesday.

Muhl will be presented with the Pat Summitt Trophy, named for the late legendary University of Tennessee coach and awarded annually to the United States Marine Corps/WBCA National Coach of the Year in each of the WBCA's six membership divisions. The award will be presented during the 2017 WBCA Convention, which will be held in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Final Four in Dallas.

"The WBCA is proud to name Kim Muhl as the 2017 United States Marine Corps/WBCA Junior/Community College National Coach of the Year," said Danielle Donehew, executive director of the WBCA. "Kim was selected as the winner by his peers after leading his team to an exceptional season. The WBCA recognizes and applauds his leadership example that can be seen in his student-athletes, institution and community."

In 28 years as head coach of the Eagles, Muhl has recorded 22 consecutive 20-win seasons. He has also tallied 24 regional finals appearances, 17 national tournament berths and six national titles.

This season Muhl led the squad to an Iowa Community College Athletic Conference regular-season title after finishing undefeated. His squad's record now stands at 33-0 after being crowned Regional Champions following a dominating performance in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XI tournament.

Muhl is a 14-time NJCAA Region XI Coach of the Year and also received the WBCA Russell Athletic Junior/Community College Coach of the Year award in 2007. In 2011, he was inducted into the NJCAA Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

The junior/community college national coach of the year is selected by a committee of coaches. This year's finalists were: Kevin Lynum, Northwest Kansas Technical College; Kim Muhl, Kirkwood Community College; Cayla Petree, South Plains College; and Betsy Specketer, Salt Lake Community College.

 

Kirkwood - Womens Basketball

No.1 Kirkwood women to face Dakota

The top-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team will meet Dakota in the opening round of the NJCAA Division II national tournament on Tuesday, March 21 at 6 p.m. at Pioneer Pavilion in Harrison, Ark.

Kirkwood is the top seed in the 16-team tournament and is 33-0. Dakota is seeded 16th.

The week-long tournament will finish with the national championship game on Saturday night, March 25.

Kirkwood is seeking the seventh national title in school history.

   

Kirkwood - Womens Basketball

KCC's Goods tops all-region team

Kirkwood sophomore Simone Goods has been honored as the best player on the Region XI all-star basketball team.

Goods, a 6-foot-2 center from Omaha, leads the top-ranked Eagles at 16.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.

Deleyah Harris and Shaneequah Watkins of Kirkwood joined Goods on the first team. Harris is averaging 13.3 points and 6.8 rebounds, while Watkins is contributing 10.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists.

Tay Tay Wilson and Olivia Usher of Kirkwood were named to the second all-region team. Rylee Voss was named to the third unit.

Kirkwood (33-0) will compete in the NJCAA Division II national tournament in Arkansas beginning March 21.

 

Kirkwood - Womens Basketball

No. 1 KCC women take 33-0 mark to nationals

The players on the Kirkwood women's basketball team like to tease  Coach Kim Muhl and call him "The Man, The Myth, The Legend" when he's  conducting a post-game interview and they pass him in the hallway.

"The Man, The Myth, The Legend" got even bigger Saturday.

The top-ranked Eagles spanked NIACC, 90-61, in the championship game  of the regional tournament at Johnson Hall and will carry a glittering  33-0 record to the national tournament.

Muhl has captured six national titles during his Hall of Fame career  and thinks he has the ingredients for Lucky No. 7.

"Oh yeah. We're capable," he said. "We have to stay healthy and get a  few breaks."

The NJCAA Division II national tournament will be played in Harrison,  Ark., from March 21-25.

NIACC popped in ten 3-pointers in the first half and was within 48-44  at intermission, but the Eagles destroyed the visitors in the second  half and won easily.

Muhl has coached a lot of outstanding teams at Kirkwood, but he's  never had a club that went undefeated for the regular season and  regional.

"Pretty special. Pretty special," he said before the Eagles cut down  the championship net. "Great group. We'll see who we've got (at  nationals) and go from there."

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 March 2017 20:11

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