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No. 1 Eagles fall to No. 4 NIACC

The look on Kim Muhl's face told the story.

He never said it directly, but the veteran Kirkwood women's basketball coach gave off the vibe that his team let one slip away Wednesday night.

In a battle of two nationally-ranked teams, No. 4 North Iowa Area Community College got a late fourth-quarter run and held off numerous challenges in the final two minutes to upset the top-ranked Eagles, 63-60, in an ICCAC game before an enthusiastic crowd at Johnson Hall.

"I thought we didn't do a very good job doing some things," Muhl said. "You gotta make free throws, 15-for-29 is pretty poor. That's on them. They have to make their shots."

Free throws weren't the only area of struggle for the Eagles (20-2, 7-1). They only connected on one 3-point basket in 15 attempts, compared to 9-for-32 for the visitors. NIACC (21-1, 9-0) elected to put heavy pressure on the Kirkwood guards, allowing the Eagle posts to work against single coverage.

"We didn't guard well in transition a couple of times," Muhl said. "We lost them and they hit a couple of 3's. That was our fault. They are too good to let them have open shots like that."

Despite their offensive struggles, the Eagles had their chances. NIACC's biggest lead of the night was a pair of six-point margins early in both halves. The Eagles never led by more than two points the entire night.



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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.



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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.



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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.



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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.



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