INDIANOLA, Iowa - Noreen Morrow scored 10 of her 14 points in the second half and Morgan Mauro knocked down a 3-pointer for a four-point lead with 51 seconds left as the Simpson women's basketball team beat Buena Vista 71-64 on Wednesday.
Morrow added 12 rebounds for her sixth double-double as the Storm (15-9, 8-5 Iowa Conference) remained in contention for the No. 2 seed in the upcoming league tournament. Mauro finished with 11 points and three 3-pointers, all coming in the fourth quarter.
Jasmyn Flynn-Graves had 19 points and five rebounds to lead the Beavers (14-10, 8-5). Buena Vista fell behind by 15 in the first half thanks to a slow start, making just one of its first 12 shots.
Morrow did most of her damage at the free throw line, going 12-for-14 to offset a 1-for-5 performance from the field. Britney Boland matched Morrow with 12 rebounds, the most important coming on the offensive end in the closing minute.
Simpson led 63-62 when Boland collected a Maddie Bosworth miss, then found Mauro for the open 3-pointer at the top of the key for a 66-62 lead. A miss by by Buena Vista on the next possession allowed Simpson to close the game at the charity stripe.
Simpson outrebounded Buena Vista 49-35, offsetting its 20 turnovers.
Buena Vista trailed 32-17 before closing the second quarter on a 10-2 run, pulling within 34-27 at halftime. Becca Pennington hit the go-ahead 3 with 8:04 left in the fourth, giving Buena Vista a 51-50 lead. Mauro answered with a 3 of her own to give the lead back to the Storm.
Buena Vista tied the game twice in the final 4:30, but Simpson had an answer each time. The first came on a Haupt jumper that made it 58-56 with 4:07 left and the second came from Mauro, who hit a 3 to make it 61-58 with 3:26 left.
Up next: Simpson closes the regular season at Loras on Saturday. The Duhawks (16-8, 9-4) beat Central 68-51 on Wednesday and lead Simpson by one game in the standings.