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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kirkwood women earn date with No.1 team

EAST PEORIA, Ill. - Kianna Jacobs scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds Friday as Kirkwood pulled away from Cincinnati State, 75-60, in the opening round of the Illinois Central Classic.

The 7th-ranked Eagles (11-3) will face top-ranked Lake Michigan (10-1) in the semifinals at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Kirkwood led 31-30 at halftime, but Jacobs, Friday Chuol and Whitney Henderson combined for 26 points in the second half to help secure the victory.



Kirkwood women playing in top event

EAST PEORIA, Ill. - The Kirkwood women's basketball team will play in the prestigious Illinois Central Classic this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The eight-team holiday tournament features four teams that are ranked in the latest NJCAA Division II poll with No.1 Lake Michigan, No.7 Kirkwood, No.8 Illinois Central and No.13 South Suburban Chicago.

The Eagles (10-3) will face Cincinnati State (11-1) in the first round at 4 p.m. Friday and could face top-ranked Lake Michigan (9-1) on Saturday.



No. 7 Kirkwood women bop No. 8 Illinois Central

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- The difference between No. 7 and No. 8 Tuesday night was 20 points.

The seventh-ranked Kirkwood Eagles spanked No. 8 Illinois Central, 72-52,in an NJCAA Division II women's basketball game in East Peoria, Ill.

Alexis Fitzpatrick led Kirkwood (10-3) with 17 points, including 13 in the second half. Bianca Dufelmeier scored 14 points and Kianna Jacobs added 10.

Eagles enjoyed hot shooting on 3-pointers, nailing nine of 14 from behind the arc. Dufelmeier hit four triples for Kirkwood.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 December 2012 22:31



Tow enjoys life with No.7 Eagles

Krissi Tow plays on a talented basketball team at Kirkwood Community College and has to take advantage of the opportunities that come her way.

She succeeded Saturday.

Tow scored eight points in eight minutes of the first half to help the seventh-ranked Eagles blast Iowa Lakes Community College, 76-30, at Johnson Hall on the Cedar Rapids campus.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 December 2012 13:07



Iowa Lakes trips Kirkwood in OT

Doug Wagemester is accustomed to winning basketball games at Kirkwood Community College. It's become a habit.

He entered his 15th year with the Eagles this season with an impressive record of 390-94, which means a typical year produces a final mark of 28-7.

This year's club will have to improve in a hurry to keep the record going.

The Eagles suffered another tough loss Saturday when they fell to Iowa Lakes Community College, 67-64, in overtime in a conference game at Johnson Hall on the Cedar Rapids campus.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 December 2012 13:07



Kirkwood suffers bloody loss to John Wood

Taylor Olson will do just about anything to help Kirkwood Community College win a basketball game.

He'll even swallow his own blood.

Olson was hit in the mouth during Wednesday night's game against John Wood Community College at Johnson Hall and suffered some internal bleeding, but the game was tied and there wasn't time for full medical treatment with a little more than 3 minutes left.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 December 2012 13:08



Kirkwood women jump to No.7 in rankings

The Kirkwood Community College women's basketball team climbed 11 spots from No. 18 to No. 7 in the new NJCAA Division II rankings Wednesday.

The Eagles have played a tough schedule this season against some of the top NJCAA Division I teams in the Midwest and have an 8-3 record.

Lake Michigan College is ranked No.1 this week.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 December 2012 02:52



Kirkwood women fall at Iowa Western

COUNCIL BLUFFS - Iowa Western Community College built a 19-point halftime lead and defeated Kirkwood, 78-60, in a women's junior college basketball game Saturday in Council Bluffs.

Kianna Jacobs led Kirkwood (8-3) with 20 points. Whitney Rohrbach scored 10 points for the Eagles.

Tyisha Smith led Iowa Western (13-0) with 16 points. The Reivers are ranked No. 4 in NJCAA Division I.

Last Updated on Sunday, 09 December 2012 12:46



Litts named JUCO All-American in volleyball

Kirkwood sophomore Lexi Litts has been named a first team NJCAA All-American in volleyball after helping the Eagles place ninth at the national tournament.

Litts, a Kennedy graduate, collected 1,576 assists and was named to the All-American team as a setter. She made the all-tournament team at the national event in Ohio.

Ashley Gonzalez of Kirkwood was named a second team All-American as a hitter.


Eagles shrug off poor start to upset NIACC

Totally lost does not always mean a loss.

Kirkwood shrugged off a mistake-prone first half  and beat third-ranked NIACC, 81-68, Friday night in a men's junior college basketball game at Johnson Hall.

Kirkwood (7-5, 1-0 ICCAC) committed many of its 23 turnovers in the first half, but surprisingly only trailed 34-32 at halftime.

“They were who we thought they were,” Kirkwood Coach Doug Wagemester said of NIACC. "They did exactly what we prepared for and our kids were totally lost.”



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