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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kirkwood cagers sweep Little Priest

WINNEBAGO, Neb. - The Kirkwood basketball teams rolled to easy  victories over Little Priest Tribal College in ICCAC conference games  in Nebraska Saturday.

The top-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team crushed Little Priest  by 49 points, 111-62, for its straight lopsided victory. The Eagles  defeated Ellsworth by 50 points on Wednesday.

Kemara Watson led Kirkwood (20-1, 7-0) with 21 points. Paige Bradford  scored 19 points, Tatiana Hodges-Johnson netted 14 points and Marissa  Metz had 13.



No. 1 KCC women win by 50 points

Paige Bradford scored 22 points Wednesday night as the top-ranked  Kirkwood Eagles crushed Ellsworth, 89-39, in an ICCAC game at Johnson  Hall.

Kirkwood raised its records to 19-1 overall and 6-0 in the league.  Winless Ellsworth fell to 0-18 overall and 0-6 in the conference.

Kemara Watson hit 8 of 9 shots and scored 17 points for Kirkwood.  Delani Harris netted 15 points and Tatiana Hodges-Johnson had 12.

Ellie Barrows tossed in six 3-pointers and scored 24 points for Ellsworth.



No. 17 Eagles dump Ellsworth

Jamal Stephenson popped in 20 points Wednesday night as the  17th-ranked Kirkwood Eagles defeated Ellsworth, 88-66, in an ICCAC  conference game at Johnson Hall.

Stephenson shot 8 for 11 from the field and made four 3-pointers.

Kirkwood raised its records to 14-4 overall and 4-1 in the conference.  Ellsworth fell to 10-10 overall and 1-4 in the league.

Luke Appel scored 16 points for the Eagles. Devonte Thedford had 15  points, Griff Clark 12 and Niko Gosnell 11. Clark was 4-for-5 on  3-pointers and Thedford was 3-for-3 as the Eagles shot 13 of 20 from  behind the arc.

Adam Jackson and Anthony Eddy had 12 points for Ellsworth.



No. 1 KCC women raise mark to 18-1

Ju Gaston collected a double-double Monday night as the top-ranked  Kirkwood women's basketball team defeated Southwestern, 71-45, in an  ICCAC conference game at Johnson Hall.

Gaston finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two  steals for the Eagles, who raised their records to 18-1 overall and  5-0 in the league.

Amara Lipsey made all three of her 3-pointers and scored 13 points for  Kirkwood. Kemara Watson contributed 10 points and eight rebounds.

Simone Jordan scored 16 points for Southwestern (6-12, 1-4).

Kirkwood led by only two points at halftime, 25-23, but the Eagles  outscored the Spartans 29-8 in the third quarter to take control.



No. 12 Eagles roll by Southwestern

The Southwestern men's basketball team arrived at Johnson Hall Monday  with only eight players in uniform and nobody taller than 6-foot-5.

It was a mismatch from the opening tip.

The 12th-ranked Kirkwood Eagles opened a 53-point lead in the second  half and cruised to a 100-60 victory in an ICCAC conference game.

Kirkwood raised its records to 13-4 overall and 3-1 in the league.  Southwestern fell to 7-14 overall and 1-4 in the conference.

DJ Purnell scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Eagles.  Luke Appel collected a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds.  Jamal Stephenson, enjoying his first start this season, also scored 15  points. Griff Clark canned four 3-pointers and added 14 points.

Kirkwood punished Southwestern on the backboards, 48-15. James Kelley  scored 19 points for the visitors.



No. 1 Eagles cruise to 17-1 record

BOONE - Freshman Kemara Watson scored a career-best 19 points and  grabbed eight rebounds Wednesday night as the top-ranked Kirkwood  women's basketball team blasted DMACC, 89-58, in an ICCAC conference  game in Boone.

The Eagles raised their records to 17-1 overall and 4-0 in the  conference. DMACC fell to 8-9 overall and 2-3 in the league.

Natalie Tomaszewski pitched in with 10 points and eight rebounds. Ten  Kirkwood players scored at least five points in the well-balanced  attack.

Hannah McKinney scored 11 points for DMACC.



No. 3 DMACC dumps No. 12 Eagles

BOONE - The 12th-ranked Kirkwood men's basketball trailed by 20 points  at halftime Wednesday night and fell to third-ranked DMACC, 78-58, in  an ICCAC conference game in Boone.

The Eagles dropped to 12-4 overall and 2-1 in the league. DMACC raised  its records to 16-2 overall and 4-0 in the conference.

DJ Purnell finished with 12 points and eight rebounds for Kirkwood.  Jamal Stephenson hit four 3-pointers and scored 12 points. Luke Appel  had nine points and nine rebounds.

Zach Lester led DMACC with 16 points. Willie Guy, a freshman from  Cedar Rapids Jefferson, had a double-double with 10 points and 11  rebounds.



No. 1 Eagles crush Iowa Central

FORT DODGE - The top-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team cruised to an 85-39 victory over Iowa Central Wednesday night in an ICCAC conference game in Fort Dodge.

Paige Bradford led the Eagles with 16 points, five assists and four rebounds. Kemara Watson shot 6-for-6 from the field and finished with 15 points. Delani Harris added 13 points. Natalie Tomaszewski blocked three shots.

Auriyah Stewart scored 10 points for Iowa Central, which fell to 9-7 overall and 1-2 in the league.

Kirkwood raised its records to 16-1 overall and 3-0 in the conference.



No. 13 KCC men win 7th straight

FORT DODGE - Seybian Sims snared 15 rebounds Wednesday night as the 13th-ranked Kirkwood Eagles defeated Iowa Central, 79-68, in an ICCAC conference game for their seventh straight victory.

Luke Appel finished with 20 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Eagles, who raised their records to 12-3 overall and 2-0 in the conference.

Devonte Thedford contributed 19 points and six rebounds for Kirkwood. Jamal Stephenson chipped in with 16 points.

Marquis Henry scored 16 points for Iowa Central (5-10, 0-2).



Kirkwood women fall in tourney finals

EAST PEORIA, Ill. - The top-ranked Kirkwood Eagles lost to 10th-ranked Illinois Central, 80-74, in overtime in the championship round of the 38th Annual Cougar Holiday Tournament Monday.

Kirkwood blasted Illinois Central, 74-45, when they met Nov. 16 in the Kirkwood Classic in Cedar Rapids, but the rematch was completely different.

There was a big discrepancy in free throws Monday. Illinois Central was 25 for 40 at the foul line, while Kirkwood was 10 of 17. Illinois Central was called for 16 fouls, while Kirkwood was whistled for 28 personal fouls.

Kirkwood rallied in the fourth quarter to tie the game, 64-64, and force overtime, but Illinois Central prevailed in the extra session 16-10.

The Eagles suffered their first loss and fell to 15-1. Illinois Central raised its mark to 10-4 with three straight victories in its own holiday tournament.


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