Simpson survives late Coe 19-4 second half run

by Zach James

Resiliency is a trait that separates a good team from a great team. On Saturday, the Storm women’s basketball squad displayed that trait to a 70-62 win. 

The Storm became so hot in the first half that it was almost predictable that Simpson would run into a drought. At one point in the second half early, Simpson led 50-29, which was the biggest lead of the game.

After that 50th point, Coe started crawling back en route to a 19-4 run. Coe even brought their deficit to only a one-possession game. 

But that’s where the resiliency comes in. Simpson didn’t panic. They reacted to Coe’s comeback push. 

The four Simpson starting upperclassmen went 9-for-10 from the free throw line sealing their fate for a quest of an undefeated IIAC season. 

Kate Nielsen had a game-high 28 points on 11-for-20 shooting from the floor; nearly making half of her team’s made field goals (23-for-59). 

Simpson returns home Wednesday as they face Buena Vista as part of the final January doubleheader.