INDIANOLA, Iowa - Mackenzie Haupt had 17 points, Katie Ahrenholtz chipped in with 14 off the bench, and the Simpson women's basketball team pulled away for a 67-52 win over Central to extend its impressive winning streak in the series.
Haupt knocked down three 3-pointers and Ahrenholtz was an efficient 5-for-7 from the field as the Storm (13-8, 6-4 Iowa Conference) won their 30th straight against Central.
Simpson held a seven-point lead after the third quarter and pulled away with an 11-0 run to start the fourth. Haupt nailed a 3 from the right wing to close the charge, giving the Storm a comfortable 62-44 lead with 6:39 left.
Claire Marburger finished with 16 points and eight rebounds and Emily Dine scored all 15 of her points in the first half, going 5-for-10 from beyond the arc for the game. After shooting 50 percent in the first half, the Dutch (4-17, 1-9) went just 6-for-27 in the second, losing their seventh straight.
Central came out hot, shooting 50 percent from the field in the first half. Dine led the charge, going 4-for-5 from 3-point range in the first quarter as the Dutch led 19-15.
Simpson trailed for most of the second quarter before piecing together a 13-6 run to close the half. Haupt beat the buzzer with a 3 from left corner to give the Storm a 41-37 lead into the locker room.
The Dutch went just 6-for-27 from the field in the second half. Their last win against Simpson came on Feb. 2, 2002.
Up next: Simpson goes to league-leading Luther on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The Norse (16-5, 8-2) suffered an 81-71 setback at Buena Vista on Saturday.