INDIANOLA, Iowa – Morgan Terpstra scored seven of her team-high 18 points in the final 90 seconds and the Simpson women's basketball team pulled away for a 79-71 win over Luther on Saturday afternoon.
Terpstra single-handedly put the game away down the stretch. She broke a 68-68 tie on a tough, three-point play with 1:28 left, rebounded a Luther miss on the next possession and then nailed an 18-footer from the left wing.
The senior added a pair of free throws and a blocked shot before the buzzer, finishing one rebound shy of a double-double as the Storm (8-7, 3-1 Iowa Conference) won their third in a row.
Sparked by Terpstra's clutch play, Simpson finished the game on an 11-3 run.
Meagan Koepncik scored a game-high 20 points and Taylor Johnson added 19 off the bench for the Norse (10-5, 1-3), who suffered their ninth straight loss in the series.
Luther trailed by seven at halftime but chipped away at Simpson's lead until a 3 by Anna Madrigal gave the Norse a 54-53 advantage with 10:56 left. Bosworth responded with a three-point play on a jumper from the top of the key the very next possession and Simpson never trailed the rest of the way.
Next on the schedule for Simpson is a trip to Pella to play Central on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The Dutch (9-6, 1-3) lost to league-leading Loras 71-63 on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.