INDIANOLA, Iowa – Noreen Morrow had 24 points and a swarming Simpson defense forced 30 Loras turnovers as the Storm women's basketball team cruised to an 81-53 win in its Iowa Conference home opener Wednesday.
The 6-2 Morrow needed just 18 minutes to set a new career high, going 8-for-13 from the field. She headlined a dominant effort down low, as Katie Ahrenholtz added 10 points and the Storm (9-5, 2-1 Iowa Conference) outscored Loras 38-14 in the paint.
"She is a force," head coach Brian Niemuth said of Morrow. "She just gets better every game."
Kennedy Wohlford came off the bench to score 11 points to lead the Duhawks (9-5, 2-1).
Loras came into the game riding a five-game winning streak, but Simpson seized control early by jumping out to a 10-point lead in the first 4 minutes. A 3 by Mackenzie Haupt with 6:03 to play in the first gave Simpson a 13-3 advantage and Loras couldn't get closer than seven the rest of the way.
Simpson put the game away with a 15-5 run to close the first half. Ahrenholtz provided six points during the spurt and Morrow added four as Simpson led 38-21 at the break.
Up next: Simpson hosts Dubuque on Saturday, Jan. 16. The Spartans (5-9, 0-3) lost to Central 74-63 on Wednesday.