INDIANOLA, Iowa — Noreen Morrow and Maddie Simmons combined for 30 points and Janey Botkins provided a big lift off the bench as the Simpson women's basketball team beat Buena Vista 81-68 on Wednesday at Cowles Fieldhouse.
Morrow and Simmons scored 15 points apiece for the Storm (8-13, 5-7 Iowa Conference), who snapped a three-game losing streak to earn a split in the season series. A close game for the first three quarters, Simpson mounted a 15-6 run early in the fourth to pull away.
Simpson led 56-52 when Morrow converted a layup to spark the run. Botkins then hit the first of her three 3-pointers, all of which came in a span of 3 minutes, 9 seconds. Morrow added a put-back and another layup and Botkins canned two more 3s as the Storm opened a 71-58 lead with 4:35 remaining.
Coming into the game as one of the worst rebounding teams in the league, Simpson outrebounded Buena Vista 44-36.
Jasmine Demers scored 17 points to lead the Beavers (11-10, 7-5).
Simpson started the game slowly, going without a field goal for nearly four minutes before scoring six unanswered to take a 6-4 lead. Megan Lankford's 3 late in the first half gave Simpson a five-point lead and the Storm led 32-28 at the half.
Demers' jumper with 5:05 left in the third gave Buena Vista its only lead of the second half, 40-39. Simmons responded with her own 5-0 run and the Storm led the rest of the way.
Simpson goes to Nebraska Wesleyan on Saturday, Feb. 4. The Prairie Wolves (10-10, 4-8) beat Central 67-58 on Wednesday.