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Kirkwood - Womens Basketball

No. 6 Kirkwood women roll by Joliet

SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. - Olivia Usher tossed in 15 points Friday evening and Tay Wilson added 14 as the sixth-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team dumped Joliet Junior College, 89-59, at a tournament in the Chicago suburbs.

Leah Robinson scored 10 points as the Eagles raised their record to 10-2. Awal Ajak hit three 3-pointers and scored nine points. Megan Axcell also contributed nine points.

Kirkwood faces Highland Community College in the second round of the tournament Saturday at 1 p.m.

Joliet fell to 11-2 with the setback.



Kirkwood - Womens Basketball

Wooldridge paces No. 7 Eagles by Blazers

QUINCY, Ill. - Arika Wooldridge scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds Saturday afternoon as the seventh-ranked Kirkwood Eagles topped John Wood, 55-37, in a non-conference women's basketball game.

Megan Axcell popped in three 3-pointers and netted 11 points for Kirkwood, which raised its record to 9-2. Tay Wilson collected six assists and Olivia Usher had four steals.

The Eagles defeated John Wood, 75-36, at Kirkwood Nov. 15 to sweep the season series.



Kirkwood - Womens Basketball

No. 7 Eagles stroll by Marshalltown

The seventh-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team built a 33-point lead at halftime Wednesday night and cruised to a 75-43 victory over Marshalltown at Johnson Hall.

Megan Axcell and Leah Robinson scored 10 points apiece for the Eagles in a balanced attack. Awal Ajak, Mackenzie Jenkins and Tinee'sha Coleman contributed nine points.

Kirkwood punished Marshalltown 26-5 in the second quarter to take a commanding 51-18 lead at halftime. Kirkwood's biggest lead was 35 points early in the second half.

The Eagles raised their record to 8-2 with the victory.

Kirkwood was ranked No. 1 in the nation in the preseason poll, but the Eagles have fallen to No. 7 in the first poll of the regular season after dropping two games.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 December 2017 05:53



Kirkwood - Womens Basketball

Wilson leads No. 1 Eagles to tough victory

Tayana Wilson is usually the smallest player on the floor at 5-feet-4  and 118 pounds, but don't let her size fool you.

The sophomore from Country Club Hills, Ill., is a tough customer for the Kirkwood Eagles.

Wilson was clobbered by Iowa Western defenders on a pair of drives during the first five minutes of their game Saturday, but she bounced up both times and never said a word.

Instead, she got her revenge by playing a hard-nosed game in a 56-53 victory over the Reivers at Johnson Hall.

"Honestly, it makes me mad," Wilson said about being knocked around by Iowa Western. "It makes me want to push it down their throats even more.

"Yeah, they did kind of ding me up a little bit. It really made me mad."

The officials declined to call intentional fouls on either play, but it was pretty rough stuff.

Kirkwood Coach Kim Muhl talked to one of the officials about it, but he did not make a big fuss. After the second foul, Muhl took Wilson  out of the game for a few minutes to recuperate.



Kirkwood - Womens Basketball

KCC women hang on for victory

The Kirkwood women's basketball team made only 12 field goals, but converted 30-of-42 from the foul line, holding on for a 60-55 win Wednesday night over the South Australia Institute of Sports at Johnson Hall.

The Eagles (6-2) shot just 21 percent from the field, but were able to build a lead with solid foul shooting.

Tay Wilson led Kirkwood with 13 points. Tinee'sha Coleman came off the bench to score 12. Megan Axcell added 11 and Awal Ajak finished with 10.

Ruby Porter and Jasmine Rigoni led South Australia with 11 points apiece.

Kirkwood's next action comes on Dec. 2, hosting Iowa Western at 1 p.m.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA INSTITUTE OF SPORTS (55): Ella Sawyer 3 1-2 8, Ruby Porter 4 1-2 11, Amy Cotton 0 0-0 0, Gabi Vidmar 3-0-0 8, Lizzie Williamson 0 0-0 0, Rebekah Frisby-Smith 1 0-0 2, Jasmine Rigoni 4 0-0 11, Erin Blake 0 0-0 0, Ambah Kowcun 2 0-0 6, Kelsey Rees 4 1-2 9, Totals: 21 3-6 55.

KIRKWOOD (60): Tay Wilson 2 9-12 13, Christmas Puok 0 0-0 0, Megan Axcell 3 2-2 11, Awal Ajak 2 4-4 10, Olivia Usher 2 3-4 7, Mackenzie Jenkins 0 0-0 0, Anasha Hurst 0 0-0 0, Niaja Taylor 0 0-0 0, Leah Robinson 1 2-6 4, Brianna Mensen 0 2-4 2, Tinee'sha Coleman 2 7-8 12, Arika Woolridge 0 1-2 1. Totals: 12 30-42 60.

Halftime: Kirkwood 28, S. Australia 27. 3-point goals: South Australia 10 (Sawyer, Porter 2, Vidmar 2, Rigoni 3, Kowcun 2. Kirkwood 6 (Axcell 3, Ajak 2, Coleman). Fouled out: none.

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