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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Wilson helps Eagles dunk Statesmen

Doug Wilson made a big splash in college basketball last season when he led the nation in field-goal accuracy and was named a Junior College All-American for the Kirkwood Eagles.

He's even better this year.

Wilson dunked the ball four times and powered in 26 points Tuesday night as the fifth-ranked Eagles defeated the William Penn junior varsity, 92-72, at Johnson Hall.

Wilson, a 6-foot-7 forward from Des Moines, is averaging 20.1 points and 10.1 rebounds, along with 2.4 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.3 steals every time on the floor.

He made 12 of 15 shots Tuesday for 80 percent and appears even more explosive than a year ago. He missed a dunk on a breakaway in the first half, but it's hard to criticize a guy who tries so hard.

"He affects the game in a lot of ways," said KCC Coach Bryan Petersen. "We still get on him for a lot of stuff, but he's a heck of a player and he plays really hard. That's what's fun about coaching him."

Wilson can be unstoppable around the basket with his strength and great leaping ability, but he's branched out from there.

"He's matured in a lot of ways," said Petersen. "From an offensive standpoint, he's added to his game with more perimeter skills. He's shooting the free throws better."



No. 2 Eagles turn Sweet 16

Anasha Hurst, Haley Mullinnix and Ashley Tull scored 16 points apiece Tuesday night to help the second-ranked Kirkwood Eagles defeat South Australia, 93-72, in a women's basketball game at Johnson Hall.

The Australians tossed in nine 3-pointers in the first half and trailed by only one point, 38-37, at intermission.

Kirkwood poured in 33 points in the third quarter to take control at 71-57 entering the fourth quarter.

Hurst stuffed the box score with 16 points, five rebounds, five steals and four assists. Mullinnix hit four 3-pointers as part of her 16-point performance. Tull grabbed seven rebounds to complement her 16-point outing.



KCC men knock off John Wood

QUINCY, Ill. - The Kirkwood men's basketball defeated John Wood, 82-63, in a non-conference game Saturday night.

Allante Pickens led the fifth-ranked Eagles with 20 points. Doug Wilson scored 19 points for Kirkwood and Brady Sartorius added 10 markers.

Kirkwood led, 28-23, at halftime.



Tull leads Eagles by Triton

The Kirkwood women's basketball team smothered Triton in the middle quarters Saturday and posted a 76-58 victory in the second round of the Kirkwood Classic at Johnson Hall.

Triton took a 25-17 lead after the first quarter, but the Eagles outscored the visitors 49-14 in the next two periods for an insurmountable 66-39 advantage heading into the final 10 minutes.

Ashley Tull led the second-ranked Eagles with 19 points, six rebounds, three blocked shots and two assists. Mackenzie Jenkins finished with 14 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals. Haley Mullinnix contributed 11 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals.



Eagles finish 4th at national volleyball

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Kirkwood women's volleyball team finished fourth at the NJCAA Division II national tournament Saturday at the Charleston Civic Center in West Virginia.

The Eagles lost a squeaker to Johnson County, 3-2, to end their season with a 34-10 record.

The fourth-place showing is the best for Kirkwood since winning the national title in 2003.

Kirkwood finished fifth in their conference this season, then finished fourth in the national tournament.

Kirkwood made a spirited rally after losing the first two sets. The Eagles claimed the third and fourth sets, but Johnson County claimed  the fifth set for the third-place trophy.



KCC volleyball eyes 3rd in nation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Kirkwood women's volleyball team lost in the semifinals of the NJCAA Division II national tournament Friday and will play for third place Saturday afternoon.

Kirkwood (34-9) will meet Johnson County (29-8) at 2 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center in West Virginia.

The Eagles were swept by Coffeyville in the semifinals, 25-18, 25-20, 25-17, in the semifinals. Coffeyville will face Parkland for the championship Saturday afternoon.

Coffeyville is the No. 1 seed in the tournament, Parkland is No. 2, Johnson County is No. 3 and Kirkwood is No. 5. The Eagles defeated No. 4 South Mountain, 3-2, in the quarterfinals.



Kirkwood women iron out some bugs

The Kirkwood Eagles have been a mystery during the early part of the women's basketball season.

Normally a high-powered outfit, they scored only 30 points in their first game of the year. Three games later, they lost by 45 points and saw their record fall to 1-and-3.

It's hardly what you expect from Kirkwood, which won the national title in 2017 and finished second last year, but there were signs of hope Friday night at Johnson Hall.

The Eagles blitzed McCook Community College of Nebraska, 97-55, in their home opener in the first round of the Kirkwood Classic.

"It's a step," said KCC Coach Kim Muhl. "It's not a plunge, but it's a step."

Muhl was not happy with his club's energy, effort and execution during the 1-and-3 start, but he saw signs of life against McCook.

"The bottom line is how hard they want to play," he said. "You either get it done or you won't play here very long.



KCC volleyball makes national semifinals

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The Kirkwood women's volleyball team won both of its matches at the NJCAA Division II national tournament Thursday and will be playing in the semifinals Friday night.

Kirkwood (34-8) will face top-seeded Coffeyville (38-3) Friday at 5:30 p.m. for the right to play for the national title on Saturday.

The Eagles, seeded No. 5 in the tournament, rolled by Carl Sandburg, 25-14, 25-18, 25-13, in their first match Thursday at the Charleston Civic Center in West Virginia.

Kirkwood then knocked off No. 4 South Mountain in a five-set thriller, 21-25, 25-21, 25-20, 16-25, 15-13, in the quarterfinals with a clutch performance in the fifth and final set.

Alexa Aldrich-Ingram collected 18 kills and five blocks in the 3-0 victory over Carl Sandburg. Haleigh Durnin had 11 kills, Sami Johnson six, Taylor Carey six, Abbi Tunis five and Lauren Keane three.



Pickens finds new home at Kirkwood

Allante Pickens never planned to become a scientist when he enrolled at Missouri University of Science and Technology last year, but he's obviously a smart guy.

"That was the only scholarship offer I had," he said Wednesday night. "I took the opportunity and I took advantage of it."

Now Pickens is taking advantage of a new opportunity at Kirkwood Community College.

Pickens scored 18 points and steered the fifth-ranked Eagles to an 84-71 victory over Marshalltown Community College in a non-conference game at Johnson Hall.

Pickens averaged 11.1 points at Missouri Science and Technology as a freshman, but the Miners struggled through a 3-23 campaign and he decided to transfer.

Kirkwood recruited him in high school in Chicago, so he contacted KCC Coach Bryan Petersen about the possibility of joining the Eagles. Kirkwood needed a new point guard and Pickens needed a new school.

"This is a great program," said Pickens, who plays a lot bigger than his listed size of 5-foot-8. "I'm having fun. It's the most fun I've had in a long time. It's going to be a great year."



3 Eagles sign with next schools

Three members of the Kirkwood men's basketball team signed their national letters-of-intent Wednesday with four-year colleges.

Doug Wilson signed with South Dakota State, Kyle Arrington signed with Western Illinois and Connor Kasperbauer signed with Truman State. South Dakota State and Western Illinois are NCAA Division I schools, while Truman State is an NCAA Division II college.

Wilson, a 6-foot-7 forward from Des Moines, was an All-American for Kirkwood last season as a freshman when he led the nation in field-goal percentage. He's averaging 19.2 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks this season.

Arrington, a 6-10 center from Council Bluffs, has been plagued by injuries this season. He recovered from a preseason knee injury to begin the year in uniform, but now has a fractured bone in his ankle and will be sidelined for about four more weeks. He's averaging 5 points and 5.3 rebounds in three games.

"Doug and Kyle trusted the process," said Kirkwood Coach Bryan Petersen. "They are two of our guys that stuck around and trusted it and they got rewarded. That was my message to them and the rest of the team."

Kasperbauer, a 6-4 guard from Ankeny, was red-shirted last season at Truman State and will be returning there next season after one year with the Eagles. He's averaging 15.8 points for Kirkwood and scored 30 points against Morton College on Saturday, with eight 3-pointers.


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