Chris Lindeke, Assistant Athletic Director, Strategic Communications and Branding, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
The No. 8 ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater women’s basketball team remained unbeaten in Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play Wednesday night with a 62-53 victory at UW-Platteville.
The Warhawks (14-1 overall, 5-0 WIAC) broke open a tie game through three quarters with a 19-10 advantage in the fourth quarter, including an 11-2 run to end the contest. UW-W held the Pioneers to 39.6 percent shooting, including 30.8 percent in the fourth quarter, and forced 21 turnovers.
Aleah Grundahl led all scorers with 24 points on 8-of-17 shooting and 7-of-8 from the free-throw line. Rebekah Schumacher tallied eight points, four rebounds and two steals, while Abby Belschner collected eight points, three rebounds and two blocks. Kacie Carollo scored seven points and grabbed a team-high six rebounds.
UW-Whitewater held advantages in points off turnovers (16-7) and made free throws (15-10) to overcome 35.6 percent shooting from the floor.
UW-Platteville (9-5, 2-2) hit three 3-pointers and shot 50 percent in the opening quarter, holding a 19-14 lead at the 2:56 mark. Johanna Taylor and Grundahl converted back-to-back layups to cut the UW-W deficit to one by the end of the period.
The Pioneers continued to lead in the second before the Warhawks ran off eight straight points for a 28-24 advantage following Carollo’s layup with 5:52 on the clock. UW-W held UW-P scoreless for more than six minutes in the quarter and held a 30-28 lead by halftime.
Neither team led by more than two in the third as the two teams traded baskets. The quarter included six ties and four lead changes, and the game was tied at 43-43 entering the fourth.
UW-Platteville led by four just over three minutes into the fourth quarter before UW-Whitewater’s 6-0 run, including three points each from Grundahl and Schumacher, made it 51-49 just past the midway point of the frame.
The Pioneers tied the game at 51-51 and, one minute later, Yssa Sto. Domingo gave the Warhawks the lead for good on a 3-pointer with 3:42 remaining.
Sto. Domingo drew a charge with 1:43 left, and UW-W scored the next five points to put the game out of reach. Maggie Trautsch knocked down four free throws over the final 40 seconds of regulation.
UW-Whitewater hosts UW-River Falls this Saturday at 3 p.m. on Alumni Day inside Kachel Gymnasium.