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UPDATE 3/21/15: The Kirkwood women’s basketball team took home fifth place at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament. The Eagles went 3-1 to finish in the top five in the nation and cap a stellar season.
After a loss in the quarterfinals, the team won two straight to place fifth. Their final record was 31-6.
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UPDATE: 3/9/15: The Kirkwood women’s basketball team was crowned champion after defeating rival North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) on Saturday 78-67. The Eagles have earned a berth in the national tournament as the number four seed. To see the tournament bracket, click here. The national tournament will be held in Overland Park, Kan. on March 17-21. Check out www.kirkwoodeagles.com for more details.
The men’s season ended after being defeated by second-ranked Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in the Region XI championship game. Their final record was 25-7.
UPDATE 3/6/15: Once again, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams advanced in the Region XI tournament after victories in semifinal games on Thursday night in Johnson Hall.
The top-seeded Kirkwood women took care of business by defeating Iowa Central Community College 95-48. The Eagles now move on to host the championship game versus the second-seeded North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) Trojans. The game will be a battle of two top ten teams fighting for a spot in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Women’s Basketball National Tournament. NIACC is currently ranked fifth in the nation while Kirkwood is ranked sixth. Tip off is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Johnson Hall on Kirkwood’s main campus in Cedar Rapids.
The men advanced to the Region XI championship game after defeating Southwestern Community College on Thursday night by a score of 86-80. The Eagles will travel to take on the top-seeded (DMACC) Bears. The contest will feature two top-ten teams facing off for a berth in the NJCAA Division II Men’s Basketball National Tournament. DMACC is ranked number two in the nation while Kirkwood is number eight. Tip off is scheduled for 3 p.m. at DMACC’s in Boone, Iowa.
UPDATE 3/4/15: Both Kirkwood basketball teams are moving on in the Region XI tournament after victories on Tuesday night.
The women began a great night of basketball by beating Ellsworth Community College by a score of 75-30. The Eagles now move on to the second round to face the fifth-seeded Iowa Central Community College Tritons. Game time is scheduled for Thursday night (3/5) at 5:30 p.m. in Johnson Hall on Kirkwood’s main campus.
The Kirkwood men defeated Iowa lakes Community College 83-59. The Eagles advance to take on the third-seeded Southwestern Community College Spartans in the Region XI semi-finals. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday (3/5) in Johnson Hall.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa (March 2, 2015)-The Kirkwood men’s and women’s basketball teams begin postseason play tomorrow night in the first round of the NJCAA Region XI Division II Tournaments.
The women’s team will open up the Region XI tournament with home court advantage and the number one seed. The Eagle’s (25-5, 13-1) will host the eighth-seeded Ellsworth Community College Panthers (6-23, 2-12) in a first round matchup on Tuesday night starting at 5:30 p.m.
Hall of Fame Head Coach Kim Muhl once again has his team primed for another run at a championship. The Eagles are currently ranked seventh in the nation and have been in the top ten for the duration of the all season. The team began the year 3-3 over the first six games, but have since won 22 of their last 24 games.
If the Eagles win, they play the winner of the DMACC/Iowa Central matchup on Thursday at 5:50 p.m.
The men wrapped up an impressive regular season and have earned the second seed in the Region XI tournament. The Eagles (23-6, 9-3) begin postseason play versus the seventh-seeded Iowa lakes Community College Lakers (16-14, 3-9) on Tuesday night in Johnson Hall at 7:30 p.m.
In his second year, Kirkwood Head Coach Bryan Petersen has led his teams to at least 20 wins both seasons. In addition, the Eagles went 6-1 in the final month of the campaign and look to keep the momentum going with a deep run in the conference tournament. The team has been ranked in the top 20 of the nation all season long, peaking at number three.
If the Eagles win, they will host the winner of the Southwestern/Iowa Central matchup on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
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