Women's Basketball Struck By Storm
Jan 5, 2019
DUBUQUE, Iowa – The University of Dubuque women’s basketball hung with the Simpson College Storm for the first half but the Storm overpowered the Spartans in the second half and took down the Spartans, 102-65.
The Spartans scored two of the first three baskets to take an early 4-3 lead but the Storm answered with a 13-0 run to burst ahead 16-4. By the early seconds of the first quarter, UD had trimmed the Simpson lead down to five but once again the Storm used another big run, this one 11-0 to push the lead back to 18.
A three pointer by Lexi Daniels with seven seconds left in the first half put the Spartans within 13 points, but Simpson’s Claire Johnson drilled a half-court shot at the buzzer to send the Spartans into the half down 48-32.
Simpson carried the momentum over from the half-court shot into the second half where they would make 7-9 three pointers in the third quarter and 11-15 shots overall to get their lead up to 30. UD tried everything to slow Simpson could not find an answer to slow down the Storm attack and they would not cool off in the fourth quarter either, hitting five more three’s to give them 20 for the game. Simspons would go on to shoot 49.2% (36-65) for the game and 47.8% (20-37) from beyond the arc.
Josie Thomas led all UD scorers with 10 points as she connected on 4-7 shots and 2-5 from three. Junior Kia Dwight and freshman Abigail Zurcher were next on the scoring line for UD with eight points each.
The Spartans did make 15-20 (75%) free throws and led in second chance points at 13-11.
Up next, the Spartans travel to Coe College on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.