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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Faber helps No.3 Eagles belt Ellsworth

Haley Faber took a little good-natured teasing from her teammates Saturday afternoon as she chatted with a reporter.

Faber had just helped No.3 Kirkwood pound Ellsworth, 78-42, with a nice flurry in the second half, but the 6-foot freshman has rarely been interviewed this year as she's adjusted to life as a reserve with modest stats.

That led to the teasing as teammates reached for their cell-phone cameras to capture the moment of Faber talking about her role on the team.

It was a good role Saturday as Faber scored eight points, grabbed four rebounds and blocked two shots in just 10 minutes of action.



Semler sparkles as Eagles top Ellsworth

Kasey Semler has been a very good basketball player for a very long time, but Saturday he was spectacular.

Semler raised his game to a new level and helped Kirkwood tame 18th-ranked Ellsworth, 73-57, in an ICCAC conference outing at Johnson Hall.

The 6-foot-1 sophomore from Marion scored 19 points, collected eight assists, committed only one turnover, grabbed four rebounds and provided the spark as the Eagles (13-10, 5-3) handed Ellsworth its first loss in the league.



Ariel Sneed joins Kirkwood women

Ariel Sneed, a 5-foot-11 forward from Harvey, Ill., has joined the Kirkwood women's basketball program and will begin playing for the Eagles next season.

Sneed spent the first semester of the 2012-13 season at the University of Illinois-Chicago, but she did not appear in any regular-season games. She transferred to Kirkwood for this semester and will have two years of eligibility with the Eagles.

Sneed averaged 11 points and four rebounds as a senior at Rich Central High School in Illinois. She attended Thornton High School as a freshman, sophomore and junior and made the honor roll all four years in high school.

Her sister, Ashley, plays at Northern Illinois.


Feisty Kirkwood men knock off DMACC

Kirkwood guard Kasey Semler left Johnson Hall with a sore hand, sore toe, sore groin and a smile Thursday night.

"I'll go get some ice in a minute," he said dismissively, gladly trading a few aches and pains for a key victory.

Semler contributed 10 points, six assists and the right attitude as the Eagles defeated DMACC, 74-60, in an ICCAC conference game.



Hobbs helps Kirkwood women top DMACC

The dysfunctional Kirkwood women's basketball team won another game Thursday night.

Coach Kim Muhl uses that word all the time to describe his team. He gets no argument from his players.

"Dysfunctional is us," freshman guard Lexi Hobbs said humorously with a smile. "We are VERY dysfunctional. It works, though."

The third-ranked Eagles topped No.15 DMACC, 60-53, at Johnson Hall for their 13th straight victory despite committing 20 turnovers, shooting 55 percent at the foul line and getting beaten on the backboards.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 February 2013 12:19



Kirkwood men fall at Southwestern

CRESTON - The Kirkwood Eagles rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit and took the lead in the second half Saturday against Southwestern Community College, but the game slipped away for Kirkwood in the final minutes.

Southwestern trimmed the Eagles, 69-62, in a conference game in Creston.

Devan Douglas scored 16 points for Kirkwood (11-10, 3-3).

Marquealis Edwards led Southwestern (10-9, 4-2) with 20 points.

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 January 2013 14:12



Muhl found a home at Kirkwood - and 700 wins

Kim Muhl wasn't sure what he wanted to do as a young man.

He spent three years in the Army, then enrolled in college but left William Penn University during his senior year without a degree. Looking for an adventure, he moved to California with an Army buddy.

"I painted and steam-cleaned apartments and made more money than you can imagine," he said about his trip to the West Coast. "Just had a blast."

It took a few more years, but Muhl eventually found a home at Kirkwood Community College and found his calling as one of the most successful women's basketball coaches in the nation.

He added to his glittering list of accomplishments Saturday when the Eagles traveled to Creston and drubbed Southwestern Community College, 99-40, for the 700th victory of his career.



No.3 Eagles bomb Southeastern

The third-ranked Kirkwood women pulled away from Southeastern in the last eight minutes of the first half with an 18-7 run, then bombed the Blackhawks with six 3-point baskets in the first five minutes of the second half to take care of business in a 72-51 win Wednesday night at Johnson Hall.

Kirkwood (18-3, 7-0) was led by Kianna Jacobs, who took the ball to the basket aggressively in the first half.

The second half featured a 3-point shooting clinic by Bianca Dufelmeier and Lexi Fitzpatrick, who each hit three in the space of five minutes.



Kirkwood women ranked 3rd in NJCAA poll

The Kirkwood Eagles climbed one notch from No.4 to No.3 in the NJCAA Division II national rankings on Wednesday.

The Eagles (17-3, 6-0) host Southeastern Community College (13-6, 4-2) at Johnson Hall Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Louisburg (13-1) is ranked No.1 this week.



Jacobs paces No.4 Kirkwood women

ESTHERVILLE - Kianna Jacobs scored 15 points Saturday afternoon as fourth-ranked Kirkwood trimmed Iowa Lakes, 58-54, in a women's junior college ballgame in Estherville.

Whitney Henderson contributed 11 points for the Eagles (17-3, 6-0). Bianca Dufelmeier collected seven points and eight assists. Friday Chuol had six points and six rebounds.

Myangel Johnson led Iowa Lakes (7-14, 3-4) with 14 points.



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