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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Wilson nets 34 for No. 8 Eagles

IOWA FALLS - Doug Wilson poured in 34 points Wednesday night as the  eighth-ranked Kirkwood Eagles dropped Ellsworth, 90-83, in an ICCAC conference game in Iowa Falls.

Wilson, who leads NJCAA Division II in shooting accuracy, made 13 field goals and was 8 for 11 at the foul line.

The victory kept the Eagles in first place in the conference at 5-0, good for a two-game lead in the loss column. Kirkwood has won eight straight games and is now 16-4 overall.

Ethan Meeker popped in four 3-pointers and contributed 18 points for the Eagles.

Ellsworth fell to 12-8 overall and 1-4 in the conference.



Ajak paces No. 2 Eagles by Ellsworth

IOWA FALLS - Awal Ajak scored 15 points and had five steals Wednesday night as the second-ranked Kirkwood Eagles defeated Ellsworth, 65-47, in an ICCAC conference game in Iowa Falls.

Arika Wooldridge contributed 10 points off the bench for the Eagles. Christmas Puok and Niaja Taylor had eight points. Puok, Megan Axcell, Taylor and Olivia Usher all had six rebounds.

Kirkwood drubbed Ellsworth 22-3 in the first quarter and cruised to the victory from there.

Kirkwood won for the 10th straight time, raising its records to 20-3 overall and 6-0 in the conference. The Eagles host DMACC Saturday at 1  p.m. in a showdown for the conference lead.



No. 11 Eagles hold off No. 13 Spartans

Chris King needed a heating pad for his sore back at halftime and was suffering from leg cramps after the game, but he felt good when he left Johnson Hall Saturday afternoon.

King poured in 27 points and collected six assists as the 11th-ranked Kirkwood Eagles topped 13th-ranked Southwestern Community College, 89-84, in a ferocious junior college basketball game.

King, a 6-foot guard from Des Moines, shrugged off the ailments after playing 37 of 40 minutes in a key ICCAC affair.

"I'm just trying to fight through it," he said. "You've always got injuries and little bruises through the season, so it's nothing really.

"You just have to go out there and give it your all for your team."

Kirkwood raised its ICCAC record to 4-0 and took a two-game lead in the loss column in the conference standings ahead of Southwestern (3-2), Iowa Lakes (3-2) and Iowa Central (2-2).



Mullinnix sparks No. 2 Kirkwood women

Haley Mullinnix can chew gum and play basketball at the same time.

She did both very well for the Kirkwood Eagles Saturday afternoon on her 19th birthday.

Mullinnix moved up in the rotation and scored a career-best 15 points as the second-ranked Eagles spanked Southwestern, 82-44, in an ICCAC conference game at Johnson Hall.

Tay Wilson, Kirkwood's top point guard, missed Saturday's contest due to a two-game suspension for violating team rules. That meant Niaja Taylor moved into the starting lineup and Mullinnix became the backup point guard for the first time this season.

She delivered.

Mullinnix, a 5-foot-5 freshman from West Branch, made all six of her shots from the field, including three straight 3-pointers in the first half to steer Kirkwood in the right direction after a slow start.

She also collected two assists, one rebound and one steal during 16 minutes on the floor.



Marble sparks No. 11 Eagles to easy win

When your last name is Marble and you play basketball in the state of Iowa, people expect you to be really good.

That's perfectly OK with Carlo Marble, whose father and older brother both starred for the Iowa Hawkeyes during their college careers.

"I think it's a challenge," he said Wednesday night, "and I like challenges."

Marble scored 19 points and played a strong all-around game as the 11th-ranked Kirkwood Eagles rolled by Little Priest Tribal College, 89-58, in a non-conference affair at Johnson Hall.

Roy Marble, Carlo's father, scored 2,116 points for the Hawkeyes from 1985 through 1989 and is the leading scorer in school history. He was an exciting player to watch and a first-round NBA draft pick in 1989.

Sadly, Roy Marble died from cancer in 2015 when he was 48.

Roy "Devyn" Marble, Carlo's older brother, scored 1,675 points during his University of Iowa career and was a second-round NBA draft pick in 2014. He's now recovering from a knee injury after playing pro ball in Greece and Italy.

Carlo Marble, by contrast, is toiling in relative obscurity for the Kirkwood Eagles, coming off the bench for the most part and averaging 8.4 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 January 2018 06:16



No. 2 KCC women win 8th straight

WEST BURLINGTON - Mackenzie Jenkins led a balanced attack with 14 points Wednesday night as the second-ranked Kirkwood Eagles dumped Southeastern Community college, 73-52, in an ICCAC game in West Burlington.

Olivia Usher collected 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists for Kirkwood. Arika Wooldridge finished with 11 points and six rebounds. Awal Ajak had 10 points.

Kirkwood won for the eighth straight time, raising its records to 18-3 overall and 4-0 in the conference. The Eagles are tied for first place in the league with DMACC.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 January 2018 06:03



Brady Sartorius commits to Kirkwood basketball

Brady Sartorius, a high-scoring guard from Mount Pleasant High School, committed to the Kirkwood men's basketball team Sunday night.

Sartorius, a 6-foot senior, is averaging 22.6 points, 4.7 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 3.1 steals at Mount Pleasant.

"Excited to say I'll be continuing my education and basketball career at Kirkwood!!," he announced on Twitter.

Mount Pleasant is a Class 3A school with a 13-3 record.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 January 2018 05:42



Ajak leads No. 2 KCC women to win

ESTHERVILLE - Sophomore Awal Ajak scored 14 points, including four 3-point baskets, to lead No. 2 Kirkwood to a 70-46 win over Iowa Lakes here Saturday.

Christmas Puok added 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds for the Eagles (17-3 overall, 3-0 in conference play). Olivia Usher finished with 10 points for Kirkwood.

Lemia Ntor-Ue led Iowa Lakes (6-11, 1-2) with a game-high 16 points.

Kirkwood returns to action Wednesday with a conference game at Southeastern.



Wilson, King spark No. 13 Eagles by Lakers

ESTHERVILLE - Doug Wilson and Chris King, who were teammates at Des Moines Hoover High School, provided a strong 1-2 punch for the Kirkwood Eagles Saturday afternoon.

Wilson collected a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds as the 13th-ranked Eagles trimmed Iowa Lakes, 72-67, in an ICCAC conference game in Estherville.

King scored 18 points for Kirkwood, including a flurry of seven straight markers late in the game to help claim the victory.

The Eagles raised their records to 13-4 overall and 3-0 in the conference with their fifth straight triumph.



Kirkwood raised $2,566 for Ben Jacobson

The fundraiser for Kirkwood assistant basketball coach Ben Jacobson  raised $2,566 on Wednesday night at Johnson Hall.

Jacobson, 34, was diagnosed with brain cancer in October. He returned  to the basketball team in November and is receiving treatments at the  University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

The GoFundMe campaign for Jacobson has surpassed the original goal of  $10,000 and the new goal has been set at $15,000.

The NIACC basketball program raised $1,970 at its clinic in Mason City  and presented Jacobson with a check for that amount Wednesday.

Special T-shirts from "Jake's Game" can be ordered through Kirkwood  for $15. Send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your name and  size. Checks can be written to Kirkwood Athletics. All proceeds go to  Jacobson.

In addition, JacobStrong bracelets are available at the Kirkwood  athletic department office at Johnson Hall for $2.


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