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Kirkwood Womens Basketball

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.


Kirkwood - Womens Basketball

Robinson leads KCC women by Triton

Leah Robinson came off the bench to score 18 points Saturday afternoon as the top-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team strolled by Triton College, 96-59, in the second round of the Kirkwood Classic at Johnson  Hall.

Robinson, a 6-foot-1 freshman from Evanston, Ill., hit 8 of 11 shots and also had three rebounds, three blocked shots and two assists.

Olivia Usher contributed 12 points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals for the Eagles. Awal Ajak finished with 10 points, eight  assists and five rebounds. Megan Axcell collected 11 points, four  rebounds and three assists.

Mariah Henry poured in 36 points for Triton.



Kirkwood - Womens Basketball

Mensen breaks loose for No. 1 Eagles

Brianna Mensen could be playing basketball for a strong Iowa Conference school like Wartburg right now, but she'd like to play for an NCAA Division I team some day.

That's why she came to Kirkwood Community College, to work on her skills and try to help the top-ranked Eagles win another NJCAA  national title.

It looks like she's headed in the right direction.

Mensen came off the bench Friday night and poured in 19 points to help  Kirkwood whack McCook, 94-36, in the opening round of the Kirkwood Classic at Johnson Hall.

Mensen, a 5-foot-11 freshman from Maquoketa Valley, scored only 15 points in Kirkwood's first five games for a modest average of 3.0  points per game, but she showed plenty of potential Friday.

"She has a chance to go Division, I think, after another year," said Kirkwood Coach Kim Muhl. "She can play three positions. And she's  going to get better.



Kirkwood - Womens Basketball

Kirkwood women sail by John Wood

The top-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team used a balanced  scoring attack to dunk John Wood, 75-36, in a junior college game at Johnson Hall Wednesday night.

Tinee'sha Coleman, a transfer from the University of Cincinnati, led the Eagles with 10 points off the bench.

Coach Kim Muhl used 14 players in the game and all of them dented the scoring column, although none of the starters reached double figures.

Tay Wilson, Megan Axcell and Leah Robinson scored nine points apiece. Olivia Usher added eight points.

Wilson also had seven assists, three rebounds and two steals for Kirkwood.



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