Botkins tied a career-high with 21 points and Freland set a career-high with 18 for the Storm (10-3, 2-2 American Rivers). Botkins went 5-for-6 from 3-point range and Freland went 4-for-5 from downtown, helping build an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter.
Macenzie Kraemer scored 17 points and Kari Fitzpatrick had 13 and 10 rebounds for the Duhawks (10-3, 3-1), who won their sixth in a row.
The Storm took a 59-51 lead with 8:14 left in the fourth quarter when Freland made her fourth-straight 3-pointer. The triple capped off a 20-10 run, giving Simpson its largest lead after trailing by as many as nine early in the game.
Then Loras captured the momentum.
The Duhawks responded to Freland's 3 with an 18-1 run and Simpson went without a field goal for more than 7 minutes. A Fitzpatrick free throw with 47 seconds left made it 69-60 and Loras made five free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Simpson made a season-low three free throws, going 3-for-5 from the free throw line compared to 18-for-23 for Loras … Jenna Taylor posted her fifth double-double of the season … she has reached double-figure scoring in 16 straight games dating back to last season … Simpson went 10-for-22 from 3-point range, the team's third-straight game with at least 10 treys … the Storm suffered their first loss of the season when making 10-or-more 3s and are now 3-1.
Simpson travels to play Dubuque on Saturday, Jan. 5. Start time is set for 2 p.m.