LA CROSSE, Wis. - The Simpson women's basketball team came back from 19 down to take a lead late in the game, but Rachel Atchison hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 31 seconds left and secured a steal in the closing seconds to help Wisconsin-La Crosse hold on for a 50-47 win on Sunday in the final game of the Holiday Inn Express Tip-Off Classic.
The Storm (1-1) trailed by 15 at halftime after shooting just 14.3 percent from the field, but chipped away at the lead in the second half until Morgan Mauro's jumper with 3:33 left gave Simpson a 45-44 lead.
A layup by MazKenzie Miller gave the lead back to the Eagles (2-0) before Britney Boland made a pair of free throws to give Simpson a 47-46 lead with 1:55 left.
Atchison hit the go-ahead 3 out of a timeout to give La Crosse a 49-47 lead and her steal on Simpson's next possession sealed the win. Her free throw with 5 seconds left made it final.
Brittany Hedrick scored a team-high 11 points to lead Simpson. Boland came within a rebound of a double-double, finishing with 10 points and nine boards.
Atchison scored a game-high 15 points on 4 of 11 shooting from beyond the arch.
Simpson travels to Mount Pleasant, Iowa on Thursday, Nov. 20 to face Iowa Wesleyan. The game marks the season opener for the Tigers (0-0), who beat Simpson in Indianola last season. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.