Women's Basketball Sunk By Storm

Jan 26, 2019

Box Score

INDIANOLA, Iowa - The University of Dubuque women’s basketball team hung tight with the Simpson College Storm for the first 20 minutes, but the Storm used a big third quarter to drop the Spartans, 91-55.

McKenzie Maahs tallied a layup on the opening possession of the game for the Spartans (3-17, 1-10 A-R-C) before the Storm (16-3, 8-2 A-R-C), rattled off the next 10 points to put the Spartans behind the eight ball early. After giving up 10 points in under a two minute span, UD limited the Storm to just 10 more points over the final 7:14 of the first quarter to trail Simpson, 20-14 after the opening quarter.

The Spartans opened the second quarter on an 8-2 run to tie the ball game at 22 all at the 5:54 mark of the second. After a few more ties, Jordan Fischer made two free throws to finally break the Spartans through to regain their first lead since 2-0. However, the UD lead would last just 11 seconds as the Storm converted on an and one layup to go ahead 29-28 with 2:50 to play before half. Both offenses went cold over the final three minutes of the first half, leading to a 31-29 UD deficit at halftime.

Jaden Kelley had an impressive first half to help keep the Spartans in the contest, scoring 14 of her 15 points in the first half.

There was not much the Spartans could do to slow down the Storm in the second half, as Simpson would outscore UD, 35-14 in the third quarter and 25-12 in the fourth to pull away from UD.

Kia Dwight would finish with a team-high 16 points, 14 of which came in the second half. McKenzie Maahs would pitch in eight points on 3-4 shooting.  

The Spartans will travel across town on Wednesday to take on rival, Loras College at 6:00 p.m.