INDIANOLA, Iowa -- The Simpson women's basketball team play at home for the first time this season as Dubuque visits for the American Rivers Conference opener. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.
The Storm are 1-1 for the year after splitting both of their games at the Tip-Off Tournament on Nov. 15-16. Simpson won the opener against Wis.-Eau Claire, but fell to Wis.-La Crosse. The Spartans are 3-1 through the early part of the season.
The game will be video streamed live on SimpsonAthletics.com. Fans can also access the video stream via the American Rivers application on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV.
DUBUQUE SERIES NOTES
Simpson and Dubuque meet for the 80th time in a series that dates back to 1980 … the Storm hold a 70-9 advantage in the series and have won the last three contests … Simpson is averaging 80.7 points per game while allowing 61.3 against the Spartans … the home and road success has been split fairly even for the Storm as they have 34 wins inside Cowles Fieldhouse and 33 on the road against Dubuque.
Jan. 26, 2019 — W, 91-55 (Indianola)
Jan. 5, 2019 — W, 102-65 (Dubuque)
Jan. 24, 2018 — W, 85-65 (Indianola)
Dec. 6, 2017 — L, 88-86 (Dubuque)
Feb. 8, 2017 — L, 83-81 (Indianola)
ABOUT THE SPARTANS
Dubuque and 13th-year head coach Mark Noll enter with a 3-1 record … the Spartans have piled up wins over Finlandia University, North Central College and Northland College … Tabria Thomas is the leading scoring with 15.3 points per contest … the team is currently averaging 78.8 points per outing and are allowing 74.0.
LAST TIME OUT
The Storm have had over a week off from competition since last playing in the Tip-Off Tournament at Wis.-Eau Claire on Nov. 15-16 … Simpson won 84-63 over the hosts, Wis.-Eau Claire, before falling 84-68 to Wis.-La Crosse.
• After two games, the Storm are fifth in scoring offense and defense in the conference.
• Simpson is scoring 76 points per game by shooting 46.8% from the floor.
• From distance, the team is shooting 40% from behind the arc for tops in the league.
• Kia Rasmussen is Simpson's leading scorer with 13.5 points per outing.
• Head coach Brian Niemuth is six wins shy of hitting the 600 mark for career victories.
Simpson stays home this weekend as the team hosts its Thanksgiving Classic. The Storm take on Concordia-Moorhead on Friday at 7 p.m. and end the event with a 3 p.m. game on Saturday against Calvin.