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Saturday, January 19, 2019
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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

No. 4 Eagles raise record to 15-2

The Kirkwood men's basketball team raised its record to 15-2 Wednesday night with an 86-77 victory over Bryant & Stratton in a non-conference game at Johnson Hall.

All-American Doug Wilson canned 8 of 10 shots from the field and led the fourth-ranked Eagles with 18 points.

Luke Appel finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists for Kirkwood. Connor Kasperbauer popped in five 3-pointers and contributed 17 points, six rebounds and three assists.

Allante Pickens scored 14 points for the Eagles. Brady Sartorius finished with eight points and five assists.

Justin Brookens tossed in seven 3-pointers and poured in 29 points for Bryant & Stratton (13-7).

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No. 10 KCC women roll by SCC

KEOKUK - The 10th-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team roared to a 41-12 lead at halftime Wednesday night and dunked Southeastern, 70-48, in an ICCAC conference game in Keokuk.

The Eagles outscored the Blackhawks, 23-3, in the second quarter to take complete control of the game.

Ashley Tull scored 13 points for Kirkwood (15-5, 5-0). Mackenzie Jenkins finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocked shots.

Anasha Hurst contributed 11 points in the victory. Johanna Myers hit three 3-pointers and scored nine points. Paige Bradford had eight points and seven rebounds.

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Wilson leads No. 5 Eagles by Spartans

CRESTON - All-American Doug Wilson turned in another strong  performance Saturday as the fifth-ranked Kirkwood Eagles dumped  Southwestern, 78-58, in an ICCAC conference game in Creston.

Wilson collected 22 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three  blocked shots for the Eagles (14-2, 4-0). He shot 8 for 9 from the  field with a deft touch around the rim.

Jamal Stephenson popped off the bench and scored 14 points for  Kirkwood with a pair of 3-pointers. Allante Pickens, Brady Sartorius  and Luke Appel contributed nine points in the 20-point victory.

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No. 10 Eagles roll by Southwestern

CRESTON - Mackenzie Jenkins scored 21 points Saturday as the  10th-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team rolled by Southwestern,  97-54, in an ICCAC conference game in Creston.

Jenkins shot 8 for 11 from the field and tossed in three 3-pointers  for the Eagles (14-5, 4-0). Leah Robinson shot 7 for 8 from the field  and finished with 15 points.

Paige Bradford scored 12 points for Kirkwood. Haley Mullinnix hit  three triples and contributed 11 points to the blowout victory.

The Eagles made 38 of 64 shots for 59.4 percent and connected on 13  3-pointers.

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Sartorius boosts No. 5 Eagles by DMACC

Brady Sartorius enjoyed a fabulous career at Mount Pleasant High School and was looking forward to a big freshman campaign at Kirkwood, but then the injuries set in.

He injured his back during the preseason, then hurt his ankle and Achilles tendon during a game in December and was sidelined again. All told, he missed five games and had trouble getting into the flow of things.

Sartorius is still not 100 percent in the pink, but he sure looked good Wednesday night.

Sartorius popped off the bench and popped in a career-best 17 points to help the fifth-ranked Eagles pull away from 17th-ranked DMACC, 92-76, in an ICCAC conference game at Johnson Hall.

Sartorius made four 3-pointers and contributed three rebounds, three assists and two steals in the backcourt.

"He was huge," said Kirkwood Coach Bryan Petersen. "That's the Brady Sartorius we were expecting. Obviously he had a tough go of it in the first semester with injuries.

"I'm really proud of him for coming back and being ready to go. Hopefully we'll have him the rest of the year."

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No. 10 KCC women knock off DMACC

When the Kirkwood women's basketball team is good, the Eagles are very, very good with unselfish passes, good shooting and a willingness to listen to Coach Kim Muhl.

When the Eagles struggle ... well, here's what Muhl had to say about that Wednesday night.

"They've got to learn to be coached and quit being babies and grow up," he remarked. "You can put that in the paper."

The 10th-ranked Eagles were very, very good in the third quarter and rode a 30-point outburst in that stanza to a 66-37 victory over DMACC in an ICCAC conference game at Johnson Hall.

Kirkwood scored only 22 points in the first and led 22-17 at intermission. Muhl ripped into his players at halftime and they came out with a vengeance.

What did Muhl tell them?

"Quit fighting me on what needs to be done on a daily basis," he revealed. "It's not 'cool' just to be on the floor. You've got to become nasty and dirty and play harder. And execute.

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No. 7 Eagles spank Illinois Valley

The Kirkwood men's basketball team returned from its holiday vacation Saturday afternoon and dumped Illinois Valley, 110-72, in a non-conference game at Johnson Hall.

The seventh-ranked Eagles raised their record to 12-2 with five players scoring in double figures.

All-American Doug Wilson led Kirkwood with 19 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Luke Appel collected a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Seybian Sims finished with 12 points and nine rebounds. Allante Pickens and Brady Sartorius also scored 12 points. Sartorius, who was sidelined before the holidays with a leg injury, also had eight assists, five rebounds and three 3-pointers.

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No. 11 KCC women belt Marshalltown

MARSHALLTOWN - The Kirkwood women's basketball team scored the first 20 points of the ballgame Saturday and whipped Marshalltown Community College, 89-33, in a non-conference game in Marshalltown.

The 11th-ranked Eagles (12-5) led 32-1 after the first quarter and enjoyed a 51-5 bulge at intermission.

Paige Bradford paced Kirkwood with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Leah Robinson finished with 13 points and 10 boards, giving the Eagles two players with double-doubles.

Ashley Tull contributed 11 points and six rebounds. Anasha Hurst and Jheda Kennedy had 10 points apiece. Hurst had four steals.

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No. 4 Illinois Central tops No. 11 Eagles

PEORIA, Ill. - The Kirkwood Eagles have improved by 33 points in their  battles with Illinois Central this season, but it wasn't enough Sunday in the championship game of the Cougar Classic.

The 11th-ranked Eagles lost to No. 4 Illinois Central, 71-59, to finish second in the eight-team holiday tournament.

Illinois Central dumped Kirkwood, 94-49, when they met Dec. 10 in   Peoria, so the Eagles chopped their deficit from 45 points down to 12.

Illinois Central won its 14th straight game and raised its record to 14-1. Kirkwood fell to 11-5.

Mackenzie Jenkins led Kirkwood with 13 points. Ashley Tull netted 11 points and Anasha Hurst had 10. Tull, Hurst and Paige Bradford were named to the all-tournament team.

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No. 11 Eagles eye title at Cougar Classic

PEORIA, Ill. - Anasha Hurst popped in 16 points Saturday to help the Kirkwood women's basketball team defeat Parkland, 67-47, in the semifinals of the Cougar Classic holiday tournament.

The 11th-ranked Eagles (11-4) will face fourth-ranked Illinois Central (13-1) in the finals Sunday at 4 p.m.

Kirkwood and Parkland were tied at halftime, 23-23, but the Eagles outscored Parkland 44-24 in the second half for the comfortable 20-point victory in Illinois.

Paige Bradford contributed 12 points for Kirkwood and Ashley Tull chipped in with 10 markers.

Olivia Babcock scored 11 points for Parkland (9-3), which shot 30.2 percent from the field and was 2 for 24 on 3-pointers.

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