Women focus on next title
Kirkwood Women's Basketball comfortable with target on their back
Kirkwood Community College Women's Basketball team is looking ahead and focusing on their next win. Head Coach Kim Muhl is looking forward to adding another national title to the KCC trophy case.
Muhl has led Kirkwood to national titles in 1997, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Muhl, now in his 28th season, is looking to add yet another national title to his resume.
To honor Muhl, players from the first women’s championship team in 1997 attended the game on Feb. 18 against Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). During halftime, the players recognized Muhl for his winning games and six championships. The Eagles defeated DMACC with a final score of 82-57.
Last year, the Eagles lost in the semifinals of the NJCAA Division II regional tournament. However, they still entered the regular 2016-2017 season ranked seventh in the polls. Now, after starting out undefeated and officially winning their conference, the Eagles find themselves at number one.
Being ranked at number one, the Eagles feel like they have a target on their back. Muhl said, “I’d rather have a target on our back. That means we must be doing something right.”
This past season, Muhl brought in a total of 11 freshmen and two transfers with only two returning players, Deleyah Harris, starting guard, and Rylee Voss, reserve center.
Simone Goods, center, is one of those transfer players. Goods transferred from the University of Western Kentucky and said Coach Muhl and the coaching staff was one reason she chose Kirkwood.
The team is now winning by an average of 30 plus points per game. The Eagles also lead the conference in points per game with 85.3, assists per game with 18.5 and opponent’s field goal percentage.
Goods said that if she were to describe the team in one word, she would say “humble.” She said, “We always talk about that word. We continue to work hard and don’t let anything stop us.”
Goods said Muhl stresses the word humble and the players keep it in their vocabulary during every game.
Muhl said the women are, “enjoyable to be around every day.” Muhl also added that something people may not realize about the team is, “They’re better people than they are players. They care about Kirkwood, they care about our program and they care about each other.”
Before the Region XI Tournament on March 7, the Eagles will compete against the North Iowa Area Trojans on March 1 in Johnson Hall.
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