Post Classifieds

Women focus on next title

Kirkwood Women's Basketball comfortable with target on their back

By Rob Donaldson & Michelle Lindsey
On February 23, 2017

The huddle that makes it happen. The Kirkwood Women's Basketball team is undefeated for the 2016-2017 season.
PHOTO BY MICHELLE LINDSEY

 

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.

Number 23, Shaneequah Watkins dribbles around Olivia Usher
at practice on February 17. PHOTO BY MICHELLE LINDSEY.

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.

#3 Simone goods drives around two
DMACC defenders to score 2 points to help
the Eagles win on Februry 18th.
PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND

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.

 

Get Top Stories Delivered Weekly

More kirkwoodstudentmedia News Articles

Recent kirkwoodstudentmedia News Articles

Discuss This Article

MOST POPULAR KIRKWOODSTUDENTMEDIA

GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER

Kirkwood students often admire Lasik Omaha doctors that are carving new paths in the field of eye care and transforming the way routine eye procedures are done.

Log In

or Create an account

Employers & Housing Providers

Employers can list job opportunities for students

Post a Job

Housing Providers can list available housing

Post Housing

Log In

Forgot your password?

Your new password has been sent to your email!

Logout Successful!

You just missed it! This listing has been filled.

Post your own housing listing on Uloop and have students reach out to you!

Upload An Image

Please select an image to upload
Note: must be in .png, .gif or .jpg format
OR
Provide URL where image can be downloaded
Note: must be in .png, .gif or .jpg format