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Kirkwood - Womens Basketball

No. 7 Kirkwood women roll in opener

SEDALIA, Mo. - Awal Ajak scored 21 points in her debut with the Kirkwood women's basketball team Friday as the seventh-ranked Eagles spanked Rend Lake College, 77-49, in the opening round of the State Fair Tournament.

Ajak, a 6-foot guard from Des Moines, hit three 3-pointers and shot 9 for 13 from the field.

Shaneequah Watkins added 12 points for Kirkwood in the season opener. Deleyah Harris grabbed 11 rebounds.

The Eagles face State Fair in the second round Saturday.

KIRKWOOD (77): Harris 1 4-6 6, Wilson 2 0-0 4, Puok 0 0-0 0, Hedges 0 0-0 0, Axcell 2 0-0 6, Ajak 9 0-0 21, Taylor 0 0-2 0, Watkins 5 1-2 12, Voss 2 3-4 7, Cotton 3 2-2 8, Wilson 0 1-2 1, Goods 4 1-1 9, Usher 0 1-2 1, Achenbach 1 0-0 2. Totals 29 13-21 77.

3-point goals - Kirkwood 6 (Ajak 3, Axcell 2, Watkins 1).

 

Kirkwood - Womens Basketball

Muhl thinks KCC women can win title

Kim Muhl has won 792 games and six national titles during his fabulous career as the women's basketball coach at Kirkwood Community College, so he knows what it takes to finish the year as the No. 1 team in the country.

There's a long, long way to go between now and the 2017 national tournament, but Muhl thinks the Eagles have the potential to hang another NJCAA banner at Johnson Hall this year.

The emphasis is on the word POTENTIAL.

"I think the prospects are high," he said this week. "As far as looking at them on the hoof and how they can play, it's a nice look right now.

"They're fun to be around, I'll tell you that."

The Eagles open the season Friday against Rend Lake College at the State Fair Tournament in Sedalia, Mo. They'll face State Fair in the second round on Saturday.

Muhl, 61, has compiled a 792-174 record at Kirkwood. He's not sure if he'll stick around long enough to make a serious run at 1,000 victories, but don't bet against it.

The Eagles have a young team with 11 freshmen and only four sophomores, but Muhl likes the club's depth, balance and athletic ability.

"We've got some kids who can play," he remarked. "There's some nice players."

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Kirkwood - Womens Basketball

Muhl signs 11 freshmen for Kirkwood hoops

Introductions could be in order when the Kirkwood women's basketball team assembles for practice this fall.

Coach Kim Muhl has signed 11 freshmen and hopes to add a pair of college transfers to the mix as well, giving the Eagles as many as 13 new players on the roster for the 2016-17 campaign.

Only two players - Deleyah Harris and Rylee Voss - plan to return from this year's club as sophomores, giving Muhl a big rebuilding job as he enters his 28th year at Kirkwood.

Junior college coaches have to rebuild their teams every year, since nobody can play for more than two seasons at this level, and Muhl sounds unperturbed by the challenge.

"I think it's the nature of the beast at this level," he said. "The freshmen come in a little bit hungrier. Some figure it out, some don't. It's OK."

Kirkwood had six freshmen on the team this past season, but Amber Lemons, Mesha Wheatly, Ariana Dampier and Dominique Jennings will not be returning from a club that finished 27-6. That leaves Harris, a starting guard, and Voss, a reserve center, as the only two returnees.

Six of the 11 new freshmen are from Iowa, including local products Olivia Usher from Cedar Rapids Prairie and Candace Wilson from Cedar Valley Christian. The other in-state recruits are Awal Ajak of Des Moines East, Ashley Hedges of Burlington Notre Dame, Nyachristmas Puok of Des Moines East and Olivia Schmidt of North Scott.

"I like them," said Muhl. "They're athletic and they're Iowa kids that we could get to like us."

Usher, who is 5-foot-9, averaged 13.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.7 steals for the Prairie Hawks, who finished 11-12.

"She's intelligent and she knows the game," said Muhl. "And she's a strong kid."

Wilson, who is 5-foot-5, averaged 19.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 3.2 assists in her only season at Cedar Valley Christian, which finished with a 10-11 record.

"She's kind of under the radar," said Muhl. "She had big numbers all year. She can pass the ball. And she can hit 3's. She's got some skills."

Ajak and Puok, a pair of 6-footers, helped Des Moines East finish 13-9 last season. Ajak averaged 11.4 points and 5.1 rebounds, while Puok contributed 5.7 points and 4.5 rebounds.

"Awal has a big-time upside," Muhl remarked. "She could be pretty special."

Schmidt, who is 5-foot-8, averaged 12.0 points and 3.0 rebounds at North Scott, helping the Lancers finish 18-5. Hedges, also 5-foot-8, averaged 8.4 points and 5.2 rebounds at Burlington Notre Dame, which finished 24-2.

Muhl also has signed Kelsey Achenbach of Prairie du Chien, Wis., Megan Axcell of Knoxville, Ill., TiRayah Cotton of Omaha, Niaja Taylor from Rockford, Ill., and Tayana Wilson from County Club Hills, Ill.

"We've got a good group," said Muhl.

There is not great size in the new group, but Muhl likes their athletic ability and long arms. He plans to use more full-court pressure next season to raise the tempo even higher.

"This group is going to be interesting," he said. "It's very competitive right now. All of these kids are pretty darn athletic. And long.

"We guard pretty good, but we're going to guard better with length."

Five of the sophomores on this year's team will continue their basketball careers at four-year schools. Cyerra Hutchins and Addie Oberman are headed to Loras College, Casey Miles has signed with Upper Iowa, A.J. Downs is headed to Indiana Tech and All-American Madison Wood has signed with Eastern Kentucky.

Caitlin Sudduth also wants to play at a four-year school, but had not made a decision as of Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

   

Kirkwood - Womens Basketball

Madison Wood signs with Eastern Kentucky

Kirkwood Community College center Madison Wood has signed a national letter-of-intent to continue her basketball career at Eastern Kentucky University.

Wood, a 6-foot-3 sophomore from Cedar Falls, was named a second team All-American this season. She led Kirkwood in three major categories with 11.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. The Eagles finished 27-6 and won the ICCAC conference title.

Eastern Kentucky, located in Richmond, Ky., is an NCAA Division I school that competes in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Colonels finished 18-12 overall and 10-6 in the league this season.

 

Kirkwood - Womens Basketball

Rhodes, Wood named JUCO All-Americans

Hunter Rhodes and Madison Wood of Kirkwood Community College have been named NJCAA Division II All-Americans.

Rhodes, a 6-foot sophomore from Canton, Ill., was named a first team All-American this season. He helped Kirkwood win the national title and finish with a 31-4 record.

Rhodes led the Eagles with 12.6 points and 4.1 assists. He also averaged 3.0 rebounds.

Wood, a 6-3 sophomore from Cedar Falls, was named a second team All-American. She led the Eagles with 11.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. Kirkwood won the ICCAC conference title and finished 27-6.

   
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