Jasmine Demers finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds while Claudia Larsen added 15 points and 10 boards, and the Buena Vista women's basketball team snapped its four-game losing skid with a big 74-62 home victory over Simpson College on Parent's Night inside of Siebens Fieldhouse.
Demers finished 4-of-8 from downtown and 9-of-17 overall. She also added four assists and four steals. Larsen flirted with a second triple-double of the year, but fell just three assists short. Morgan Muhlbauer was also in double figures with 12 to go along with four rebounds and four assists.
It was a tight back-and-forth game from start to finish with neither team being able to to mount much of a lead until the end. The score was 16-all after the first quarter before BVU used a 15-4 spurt to start the second quarter and eventually take a 38-30 lead to the half.
Simpson got back within four at 46-42 with four minutes left in the third and cut the deficit to just two at the break.
The Beavers held a two-point lead heading to the fourth in the first meeting this season before suffering a nine-point loss, and they made sure that wouldn't happen again. The Storm did take a brief lead at 56-55 after a made three-point shot early in the final period, but finished the game just 3-of-11 from downtown. Demers hit a pair of three-poninters during a 10-0 run that gave BVU a nine-point cushion with 6:25 to play.
Simpson tried to hang around by keeping it a seven-point game with two minutes to play, but it was held to only two points the rest of the way.
Buena Vista shot 42 percent from the field while holding the Storm to just 33 percent. The two teams struggled a bit at the free-throw line by missing 20 combined attempts.
Noreen Morrow posted a double-double for Simpson with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Jenna Taylor scored a team-high 13.
The win is the fifth straight victory inside of Siebens Fieldhouse over Simpson and keeps the team within striking distance of second-place in the league standings. BVU improves to 9-9 overall (4-5 IIAC) as the Storm dip to 11-7 (5-4 IIAC).
Buena Vista now travels to Coe College (9-9, 6-3 IIAC) on Wednesday night for a 6:00 p.m. contest. The Beavers won the first meeting this season by double-digits, but will be facing a Kohawk team which comes in riding a five-game win streak and moves into third-place in the league standings.