This is the day that has been circled on the calendar for Iowa Central's Craig Carlson all season.
Kirkwood has been a thorn in the Tritons' side since Carlson has been at Iowa Central, and last year, Iowa Central ended the hex.
This time around the third-ranked Tritons (17-1 overall, 4-0 ICCAC) are hoping to start a streak against the 14th-ranked Eagles (15-2, 5-0).
The Iowa Central men (16-5, 4-0) are hoping to stay unbeaten in the conference as they host third-ranked Kirkwood (15-3, 4-0) in the second part of the doubleheader.
Women's action begins at 3 p.m. and men's will start at approximately 5 p.m.
It took Carlson almost six years for his first victory against the Eagles, who had won 107 straight league games.
"It was huge (last year's victory),'' Carlson said. "This year we have everyone back and we're more expierenced then last year.''
Manson Northwest Webster graduate Mika Rodewald paces the Tritons starting rotation at 19 points and 11 rebounds per contest. Last week against Southwestern, she reached 1,000 points in her career.
The Tritons are also led by St. Edmond graduate Allison Nagel (14.8) and Rebekah Rolling (14.0).
Kirkwood, who has two starters back, is led by Kate Hartman (11) and Teasha Harris (10).
"They are pretty balanced,'' Carlson said. "Harris is a real good point guard and Hartman is their big girl inside. I think benches will play a huge part in this game.
"We have to work inside-outside with the ball and Rodewald has to get her touches. (Lauren) Bengen and (Morgan) Markert have to contribute offensively as well.''
The Triton men are hoping to keep a couple of streaks alive today and stake claim to the ICCAC conference lead.
Iowa Central, who has won eight straight and is 9-0 at home, is tied with Kirkwood atop the standings.
"They're not as big or physical as they've been in the past,'' said Iowa Central head coach Dennis Pilcher. "They play a lot of people and run a lot of half court sets.
"We've got to do a good job on the boards and not give them second chance points. We have to give a great effort on the defensive end.''
Kirkwood is led in scoring by Matt Tiby (13 ppg.), Mike Weber (12) and Antione Howard (11).
The Tritons are paced by Robert Goffney (13), Marc Musungayi (9) and Rhys Elliot (8).
"Offensively we have to come down and execute every position,'' Pilcher said. "We have to get good looks every time down the floor.''
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