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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

No. 1 Eagles cruise to 17-1 record

BOONE - Freshman Kemara Watson scored a career-best 19 points and  grabbed eight rebounds Wednesday night as the top-ranked Kirkwood  women's basketball team blasted DMACC, 89-58, in an ICCAC conference  game in Boone.

The Eagles raised their records to 17-1 overall and 4-0 in the  conference. DMACC fell to 8-9 overall and 2-3 in the league.

Natalie Tomaszewski pitched in with 10 points and eight rebounds. Ten  Kirkwood players scored at least five points in the well-balanced  attack.

Hannah McKinney scored 11 points for DMACC.

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No. 3 DMACC dumps No. 12 Eagles

BOONE - The 12th-ranked Kirkwood men's basketball trailed by 20 points  at halftime Wednesday night and fell to third-ranked DMACC, 78-58, in  an ICCAC conference game in Boone.

The Eagles dropped to 12-4 overall and 2-1 in the league. DMACC raised  its records to 16-2 overall and 4-0 in the conference.

DJ Purnell finished with 12 points and eight rebounds for Kirkwood.  Jamal Stephenson hit four 3-pointers and scored 12 points. Luke Appel  had nine points and nine rebounds.

Zach Lester led DMACC with 16 points. Willie Guy, a freshman from  Cedar Rapids Jefferson, had a double-double with 10 points and 11  rebounds.

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No. 1 Eagles crush Iowa Central

FORT DODGE - The top-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team cruised to an 85-39 victory over Iowa Central Wednesday night in an ICCAC conference game in Fort Dodge.

Paige Bradford led the Eagles with 16 points, five assists and four rebounds. Kemara Watson shot 6-for-6 from the field and finished with 15 points. Delani Harris added 13 points. Natalie Tomaszewski blocked three shots.

Auriyah Stewart scored 10 points for Iowa Central, which fell to 9-7 overall and 1-2 in the league.

Kirkwood raised its records to 16-1 overall and 3-0 in the conference.

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No. 13 KCC men win 7th straight

FORT DODGE - Seybian Sims snared 15 rebounds Wednesday night as the 13th-ranked Kirkwood Eagles defeated Iowa Central, 79-68, in an ICCAC conference game for their seventh straight victory.

Luke Appel finished with 20 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Eagles, who raised their records to 12-3 overall and 2-0 in the conference.

Devonte Thedford contributed 19 points and six rebounds for Kirkwood. Jamal Stephenson chipped in with 16 points.

Marquis Henry scored 16 points for Iowa Central (5-10, 0-2).

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Kirkwood women fall in tourney finals

EAST PEORIA, Ill. - The top-ranked Kirkwood Eagles lost to 10th-ranked Illinois Central, 80-74, in overtime in the championship round of the 38th Annual Cougar Holiday Tournament Monday.

Kirkwood blasted Illinois Central, 74-45, when they met Nov. 16 in the Kirkwood Classic in Cedar Rapids, but the rematch was completely different.

There was a big discrepancy in free throws Monday. Illinois Central was 25 for 40 at the foul line, while Kirkwood was 10 of 17. Illinois Central was called for 16 fouls, while Kirkwood was whistled for 28 personal fouls.

Kirkwood rallied in the fourth quarter to tie the game, 64-64, and force overtime, but Illinois Central prevailed in the extra session 16-10.

The Eagles suffered their first loss and fell to 15-1. Illinois Central raised its mark to 10-4 with three straight victories in its own holiday tournament.

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No. 1 Eagles sail into Cougar Holiday finals

EAST PEORIA, Ill. - The top-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team crushed 20th-ranked McHenry County, 69-38, Sunday in the semifinals of the 38th Annual Cougar Holiday Tournament.

The Eagles (15-0) will face 10th-ranked Illinois Central (9-4) in the championship game Monday at 4 p.m. at Illinois Central.

Kirkwood blasted Illinois Central, 74-45, when they met Nov. 16 in the Kirkwood Classic.

Tatiana Hodges-Johnson led the Eagles Sunday with 16 points. Paige Bradford collected a double-double with 10 points, 13 rebounds, four blocks, two assists and one steal.

Amara Lipsey finished with 13 points, six rebounds, three steals and one assist. Ju Gaston provided 10 points, six steals, four rebounds and four assists.

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No. 1 Eagles cruise at Cougar Holiday Tourney

EAST PEORIA, Ill. - The top-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team defeated Carl Sandburg College, 63-42, in the opening round of the 38th Annual Cougar Holiday Tournament Saturday.

The Eagles (14-0) will face 20th-ranked McHenry County (11-1) in the semifinals Sunday at 2 p.m.

Paige Bradford collected a double-double for Kirkwood with 13 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks. Kortney Drake scored 12 points for the Eagles and Tatiana Hodges-Johnson netted 11.

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No. 1 KCC women rally for 13th win

MILWAUKEE - The top-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team rallied  from a 13-point deficit Saturday and topped 13th-ranked Briggs &  Stratton, 78-71, in the final round of the Bobcast Classic.

The Eagles (13-0) trailed 22-9 after the first quarter, but they  outscored Briggs & Stratton 27-12 in the second period to take a 36-34  edge at halftime.

Kirkwood hit 10 of 12 free throws in the final 2:18 to secure the victory.

Ju Gaston led the Eagles with 16 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 3  steals. Tatiana Hodges-Johnson collected a double-double with 14  points and 14 rebounds.

Kemara Watson provided 13 points and six rebounds. Natalie Tomaszewski  grabbed 11 rebounds and scored nine points.

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KCC men earn 3-week break

QUINCY, Ill. - The 12th-ranked Kirkwood men's basketball team raised  its record to 10-3 Saturday with a 69-59 victory over John Wood  College on the road.

The Eagles will return to action in three weeks on Saturday, Jan. 4 at  Illinois Valley Community College.

Devonte Thedford shot 8 for 11 from the floor and led Kirkwood with 17  points. DJ Purnell collected a double-double with 15 points and 10  rebounds off the bench, along with four steals. Griffin Clark popped  in three 3-pointers and scored 10 points.

Kirkwood held John Wood (5-9) to 25 points in the second half. Dallas Bryson scored 14 points for the Blazers.

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No. 1 Eagles cruise to 12-0 record

MILWAUKEE - Paige Bradford and Natalie Tomaszewski scored 14 points  apiece Friday night as the top-ranked Kirkwood Eagles raised their  record to 12-0 with a 90-43 victory over John Wood in the opening  round of the Bobcat Classic.

Bradford, who leads NJCAA Division II in shooting at 69.7 percent,  went 6-for-11 from the field and collected nine rebounds, three  assists, three steals and one blocked shot.

Kemara Watson scored 12 points for Kirkwood. Ju Gaston contributed 10  points and five assists. Kortney Drake had six assists.

John Wood (2-11) shot 18.8 percent from the floor (12 of 64).

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