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Kirkwood - Womens Basketball

No. 1 Kirkwood women escape NIACC

MASON CITY - The Kirkwood women's basketball team received its biggest scare of the season Wednesday night, but the top-ranked Eagles escaped Mason City with a 71-65 victory over NIACC.

Kirkwood raised its records to 22-0 overall and 6-0 in the conference, but it was the first time all season that the Eagles did not win by double figures.

Deleyah Harris led Kirkwood with 14 points. Simone Goods finished with a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Tay Wilson contributed 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Eagles. Awal Ajak grabbed nine rebounds and Olivia Usher had seven rebounds.

Khalilah Holloway scored 17 points for NIACC (11-10, 3-3).

KIRKWOOD (71): Harris 4 4-5 14, T. Wilson 2 5-5 11, Puok 2 0-0 4,  Axcell 3 1-2 8, Ajak 2 2-4 6, Watkins 2 2-4 6, Voss 2 0-0 4, Cotton 1 0-0 2, Goods 5 3-4 13, Usher 1 1-2 3, Achenbach 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 18-26 71.

NIACC (65): Laabs 3 0-0 9, Longs 1 0-0 3, Cuffe 3 2-3 8, Stewart 0 0-0 0, Holloway 7 1-1 17, Galvin 1 0-0 3, Larson 3 2-2 9, Happel 1 0-0 3, Stanciel 2 0-0 4, Willert 3 0-0 8, Seely 0 0-0 0, Davidson 0 1-3 1. Totals 24 6-9 65.

Halftime -  NIACC 36, Kirkwood 33. 3-point goals - Kirkwood 5 (Harris 2, Wilson 2, Axcell 1). NIACC 11 (Laabs 3, Longs 1, Holloway 2, Galvin 1, Larson 1, Happel 1, Willert 2).

 

Kirkwood - Womens Basketball

'Shaq' helps No. 1 Eagles go 21-0

Kirkwood sophomore Shaneequah Watkins has a beautiful first name, but  she's reluctantly grown to accept a lot of people calling her Shaq.

She's a lanky basketball player at 5-foot-8, but there's absolutely no resemblance in any way, shape or form to former NBA star Shaquille  O'Neal, the original Shaq at 7-foot-1 and 300 pounds.

It's a good basketball nickname, but not something Watkins has always embraced.

"At first I was a little bit disgusted, because I'm not this big guy,  I'm not a post player and I make my free throws, for the most part,"  she said Saturday. "After the years it kind of stuck."

Watkins is one of the most versatile players on the top-ranked  Kirkwood women's basketball team, which raised its record to a perfect  21-0 Saturday afternoon with an 86-29 cakewalk past Iowa Central in a  conference game at Johnson Hall.

Watkins finished with 12 points, four rebounds, three assists and one  steal in a typically well-rounded game and she's been stuffing the  stat sheet all season for the Eagles.

By now, she's grown accustomed to Kirkwood Coach Kim Muhl and a lot of  other people calling her Shaq.

"I got Shaq from my high school coach when I was coming from eighth  grade to freshman year and I would play jayvee or varsity in the  summer," she explained. "He couldn't pronounce my name and he said  Shaquilla or something and so it became Shaq. And that's how I ended  up with that."

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Kirkwood - Womens Basketball

No. 1 Kirkwood women cruise to 20-0

KEOKUK - Deleyah Harris scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Wednesday night as the top-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team plastered Southeastern Community College, 79-44, in a conference game  in Keokuk.

Simone Goods contributed 13 points for the Eagles, who raised their perfect record to 20-0. Shaneequah Watkins contributed 10 points and seven rebounds for Kirkwood.

KIRKWOOD (79): Harris 7 1-1 16, T. Wilson 3 0-1 7, Puok 1 0-0 2, Hedges 0 0-0 0, Axcell 1 0-0 2, Ajak 3 1-1 7, Taylor 2 0-0 6, Watkins 4 1-2 10, Voss 3 1-2 7, Cotton 1 1-2 4, C. Wilson 0 0-0 0, Goods 6 1-1 13, Usher 1 0-0 3, Achenbach 0 2-2 2. Totals 32 8-12 79.

3-point goals - Kirkwood 7 (Taylor 2, Harris 1, T. Wilson 1, Watkins 1,  Cotton 1, Usher 1).

   

Kirkwood - Womens Basketball

No. 1 KCC women crush No. 7 DMACC

BOONE - The top-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team crushed  seventh-ranked DMACC, 90-53, in a conference game Saturday afternoon  in Boone.

The Eagles raised their impeccable records to 19-0 overall and 3-0 in  the league with another lopsided victory.

Simone Goods led the scoring parade for Kirkwood with 17 points.  Shaneequah Watkins scored 16 points, Megan Axcell 11 and Deleyah Harris 10.

KIRKWOOD (90): Harris 4 2-4 10, T.Wilson 4 0-0 9, Puok 0 0-0 0, Hedges  0 0-0 0, Axcell 4 0-0 11, Ajak 4 0-0 8, Taylor 1 0-0 2, Watkins 6 3-3  16, Voss 1 0-0 2, Cotton 3 0-0 7, C.Wilson 0 0-0 0, Goods 7 3-3 17,  Usher 3 0-0 8. Totals 37 8-10 90.

3-point goals - Kirkwood 8 (Axcell 3, Usher 2, T.Wilson 1, Watkins 1,  Cotton 1).

 

Kirkwood - Womens Basketball

Goods finds right fit with No. 1 Eagles

When Simone Goods decided to leave Western Kentucky last season after  one year with the Hilltoppers, she reached out to a former high school teammate from Omaha to talk about life and basketball.

That former high school teammate was her "best friend," Deleyah  Harris, who spent last season playing for the Kirkwood Eagles.

During their conversations, they talked about the possibility of Goods  joining Harris in Cedar Rapids.

"We just talked about it and said, 'What if?," Goods related Wednesday  night. "It kind of just happened."

"What if?" has turned into "Wow!" for Goods and Harris as two of the  stars for the top-ranked junior college basketball team in the country.

Goods scored 19 points Wednesday and Harris collected a double-double  with 11 points, 11 rebounds and six steals as the Eagles topped  Ellsworth, 68-44, for their 18th straight victory.

Goods is a powerful 6-foot-2 center who also has good skills on the  perimeter. Harris is a 5-foot-9 guard who can do just about anything  on the floor.

They starred at Omaha Benson High School, where they went 26-1 as  seniors in 2015, and now they are 18-0 as teammates again at Kirkwood.  They also played together on the AAU circuit in high school.

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