DUBUQUE, Iowa – Britney Boland scored 15 points for the Simpson women's basketball team but Carly Goede and Loras pulled away for a 65-53 win Wednesday night.
Loras mounted an 11-0 run early in the second half to take the lead for good. Goede made five 3s and Therese McMahon added 14 points for the defending league champion Duhawks (8-6, 2-1 Iowa Conference).
McMahon led a Loras bench that outscored Simpson's 28-12.
Simpson built a six-point lead early in the first half but Loras hit five 3s in the final six minutes to take a 31-26 lead into the half. Boland knocked down a pair of free throws to give Simpson a 35-34 lead with 16:47 to play, its first lead since midway through the first half.
Loras responded with an 11-0 run, resulting in a 45-35 lead with 12:57 to play. The run included a pair of triples by Goede.
Simpson didn't go away, though, as a three-point play by Maddie Bosworth sparked an 8-0 run. Bosworth's free throw pulled the Storm within 45-43 with 11:15 left, but a five-minute drought from the field allowed Loras to hold on.
Boland's 15 points set a new career-high for the transfer from Truman State … Simpson was outrebounded 43-26, the third game in a row the Storm have been beat on the glass … Loras won despite struggling from the free throw line, going just 10-for-23.
Simpson goes to Wartburg on Saturday, Jan. 17. The Knights (10-4, 1-2) beat Central 66-42 on Wednesday.