WBB: Late Storm run comes up short

by Lexie Hagerty/Staff Writer

Short of time, the Simpson women’s basketball team lost by two points in the last seconds of its game against Buena Vista. The Beaver’s defeated the Storm 75-73.The Beavers (14-8, 8-5 IIAC) took the lead early in the game, pushing forward to gain a nine-point lead in the first half.The Storm (19-4, 12-2) fought back, getting within two points, but a layup by Buena Vista’s junior guard Jahde Hammer in the last three seconds of the game sealed the win for the Beavers.”I don’t think we were ready to play mentally,” coach Brian Niemuth said. “We came out flat, no energy, no focus, and before we knew it, we were down 10 to 12 points. We dug ourselves too big of a hole.”Senior forward Aubrey Hauswirth led the Beavers with 17 points. The Beavers shot 50% from the 3-point line and 84% from the free-throw line.”When you play in a close game like this, it obviously prepares you for better teams,” Niemuth said. “We will find the silver lining in this.”Sophomore center Stacey Schutjer contributed 18 points and four rebounds to the Storm effort. Junior guard Amy Hamilton added 11 points followed by junior forward Jeni Hegstrom with 10 points.The Beaver’s outscored the Storm in the first half, not allowing the Storm’s comeback in the second half to take the win.”We need to make sure we come out 100 percent every time,” senior guard Emily Smith said. “We can’t come out 96 percent and we can’t come out 98 percent. We have to come out 100 percent prepared and mentally tough every game.”The Storm needs one more win to guarantee the IIAC Conference championship. The Storm will play on the road for their last two games in the regular season, traveling to Coe and Dubuque.Smith said the team has been working on getting rebounds all season and still thinks the rebounds are going to be what makes or breaks them in the IIAC tournament.”Coach has this saying that offense sells tickets, defense wins games and boards win championships,” Smith said. “We need to push the boards and make sure we are the ones setting the tempo every game.”