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Kirkwood - Womens Basketball

Kirkwood women top Northeast in OT

Kim Muhl has 14 players on his active roster at Kirkwood Community College with all shapes, sizes and ability.

He needed them all Friday night.

The Eagles collected their best victory of the season by topping Northeast Community College, 82-72, in overtime in the first round of the Kirkwood Classic at Johnson Hall.

Northeast arrived with a perfect 10-0 record, but the Eagles got contributions from all 14 players and raised their mark to 6-2.

Whitney Henderson saved Kirkwood when she scored with 1.9 seconds left in the second half, tying the score 68-68.

Whitney Rohrbach scored seven points in overtime for the Eagles as they won the five-minute extra session, 14-4.

"It took all of us," said Rohrbach, a 5-foot-11 sophomore from Metamora, Ill. "It took from the starters to the bench players. It was just all-around a great team win."

Rohrbach and Kiana Jacobs, a pair of starters, led Kirkwood with 15 points apiece. But the Eagles also got 31 points from their subs, including 11 points and eight rebounds from 6-foot-2 freshman Sierra Chambers.

Chambers enjoyed a fine prep career at Iowa City High and originally thought she might jump right into the starting lineup at Kirkwood. "That's how I felt, but at the same time I didn't feel like I should be starting because I had to work my way up," she said.

Muhl said Chambers had a good week of practice, which translated into a good performance in the game.

"That's what we've been trying to strive with this group," he said. "If you have a good week of practice, you move up. If you don't, you stay down. That's the whole key with this group.

"We're trying to find a combo that will give us some juice."

Northeast jumped to an early 19-11 lead with its quick guards and big post players dominating the first eight minutes, but Kirkwood's subs sparked a 17-2 spurt that gave the Eagles a 28-21 advantage and pointed them in the right direction.

It was a tight battle in the second half, with both teams playing well at times. Andrea Johnson gave Northeast a 68-66 edge with a free throw with 19.5 seconds left, but she failed to convert both foul shots.

Bianca Dufelmeier missed a baseline drive for Kirkwood in the final seconds, but Henderson was there for the putback and the 68-68 tie.

Alexis Fitzpatrick gave Kirkwood a 73-70 lead with a 3-pointer. Rohrbach nailed a 3-pointer for a 77-72 lead with 1:19 left, then she hit four straight free throws in the final minute to help put the game in the win column.

Rohrbach went 8-for-8 at the foul line and 3-for-4 from the field. She also grabbed seven rebounds and had two assists.

"I kept telling Whitney Rohrbach: You've got to shoot the ball," Muhl said.

Rohrbach listened when it counted the most. She said she's not reluctant to shoot, but acknowledged she's not aggressive enough at times. "Sometimes I lose sight of it and I try to make an extra pass when I should just shoot," she said.

Raveen Murphy led Northeast with 19 points.

Kirkwood enjoyed a big advantage in rebounding, 51-34, with Chambers leading the way with eight.

The Eagles face Moberly (Mo.) on Saturday at 3 p.m. in their second game in the Kirkwood Classic. Moberly (11-0) defeated DMACC, 67-55, Friday night in the opener.

NORTHEAST (72): Johnson 4 1-2 10, DeLong 2 0-0 4, Murphy 4 11-13 19, Spencer 4 0-0 8, Vuletic 0 5-8 5, Gamble 3 2-3 8, Knowles 0 0-0 0, Murphy 3 2-2 10, Klostergaard 2 3-4 8. Totals 22 24-32 72.

KIRKWOOD (82): Jacobs 5 4-7 15, Chuol 0 0-0 0, Dufelmeier 4 2-2 12, Rohrbach 3 8-8 15, Fitzpatrick 3 2-2 9, Williams 0 0-0 0, Fallon 0 0-0 0, Hobbs 1 0-0 2, Gray 1 0-3 2, Faber 3 2-4 8, Henderson 2 0-0 4, Tow 1 0-0 2, Chambers 3 5-7 11. Totals 27 23-22 82.

Halftime - Kirkwood 32, Northeast 28. Regulation - Kirkwood 68, Northeast 68. 3-point goals - Northeast 4 (Murphy 2, Johnson 1, Klostergaard 1), Kirkwood 5 (Dufelmeier 2, Jacobs 1, Rohrbach 1, Fitzpatrick 1).


Kirkwood - Womens Basketball

Kirkwood women hosting unbeaten teams in Classic

The Kirkwood women's basketball team will host two opponents that have a combined record of 20-0 in the Kirkwood Classic this weekend at Johnson Hall.

The Eagles (5-2) will face Northeast Community College of Norfolk, Neb., at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and will meet Moberly Area Community College of Moberly, Mo., at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Northeast and Moberly are both 10-0 this season. Moberly is ranked No. 17 in the NJCAA Division I poll.

Kiana Jacobs is leading Kirkwood at 13.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.

Friday's Schedule

5:30 - Moberly (10-0) vs. DMACC (7-1)
7:30 - Northeast (10-0) vs. Kirkwood (5-2)

Saturday's Schedule

1 p.m. - DMACC vs. Black Hawk, Ill. (1-3)
3 p.m. - Kirkwood vs. Moberly


Kirkwood - Womens Basketball

The long journey from Kenya to Kirkwood

With a slender 6-foot-2 frame and a regal bearing, Kirkwood sophomore Friday Chuol may not look the part of fierce guardian of the basket – at least at first glance.

She’s plenty tough, says women's basketball coach Kim Muhl. “She’s a survivor.”

Compared to most of her teammates and opponents, Chuol’s basketball resume is short – but her life experience is long and arduous.

The daughter of Sudanese refugees, she was born and lived her early life in Nairobi, Kenya. Better off than some, she says, her family did not live in a refugee camp, but she saw privation and illness that made a deep impression on her.


Last Updated on Thursday, 22 November 2012 21:17



Kirkwood - Womens Basketball

Kirkwood women top South Australia

Kirkwood sophomore Bianca Dufelmeier felt right at home Tuesday night when the Eagles played a touring club team from South Australia at Johnson Hall.

Dufelmeier was born and raised in Australia and has dual citizenship in Australia and the United States. She moved to Iowa in 2010 when she was 17 and attended Ames High School so she could further her basketball career and play in college.

She played for Kirkwood last season and was delighted to see the South Australian team on the schedule this year.

"I got excited," she said. "If we had played them last year I probably would have known a couple of players. It was exciting to play them."

Kianna Jacobs poured in 23 points as the Eagles topped the Australians, 72-49.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 November 2012 23:09



Kirkwood - Womens Basketball

Kirkwood women hosting team from Australia

The Kirkwood women's basketball team will play a touring club team from South Australia on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Johnson Hall.

The Kirkwood men's basketball team will face Black Hawk in the second game of the doubleheader at 7:30 p.m.

The Eagles have hosted the Australians in games before. The result will count on Kirkwood's record.

"They're usually pretty good," Kirkwood Coach Kim Muhl said. "They're usually talented kids."


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