Spartans Lose on the Road to Simpson

Feb 8, 2014 | J.Crane


INDIANOLA, IOWA - The University of Dubuque Women's Basketball team drove through a snow storm to get to Simpson College and faced a storm on the court as well. Simpson jumped out to an early 14-2 lead and did not look back en route to a 73-36 Spartan loss on Saturday afternoon. The UD bench scored 18 points while the starters accounted for 18 points as well. Dubuque is 13-8 overall and in fourth place in the Iowa Conference at 6-4. 

The Spartans were led offensively by Jenna Kotas (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) with eight points. Kotas also pulled down six rebounds (two-offensive/four-defensive), her 12th straight game with at least four rebounds. Meggie Schmidt (Edgerton, Wis./Edgerton) chipped in with six points, six rebounds (four-offensive/two-defensive), and three steals. 

Despite a large deficet had halftime, UD continued to play hard in the second half with Simpson outscoring UD 35-27 in the half. The Spartans bench scored 17 points in the second half with Brittany Collier (Oswego, Ill./Oswego) and Daneshia Snitker (Waukon, Iowa/Waukon) each scoring four points in the half. 

Conference Standings
School   IIAC     ALL  
Loras 10-0 15-6
Simpson 8-2 13-8
Coe 7-3 12-9
Dubuque 6-4 13-8
Buena Vista    4-6 10-11
Luther 2-8 11-10
Wartburg 2-8 8-13
Central 1-9 9-12

The biggest UD run of the game came near the middle of the second half when the Spartans scored eight unanswered points over two minutes. Emily Brinker (Baraboo, Wis./Baraboo) accounted for three points in the run. 

Jessica Goetz (Sussex, Wis./Arrowhead) pulled down a team high seven rebounds (five-offensive/two-defensive). Brittany Graves (Dubuque, Iowa/Hempstead) had seven rebounds (three-offensive/four-defensive) of her own in just four minutes of action. 

UP NEXT: The Spartans host crosstown rival Loras College (15-6, 10-0 IIAC) on Wednesday, February 12th. Game time on Jon Davison Court inside Stoltz Sports Center is 6:00 pm.
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