UW-W Women’s Basketball Falls in WIAC Semifinal

By Angela Kelm
Asst. Athletic Director for Sports Information

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater women’s basketball team fell to UW-Stout 69-59 in a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Semifinal Wednesday evening in Kachel Gym. 

Box Score

The Warhawks (22-4) will await a possible at-large bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament. The DIII selection show is slated for Monday at 1:30 p.m. on ncaa.com

UW-Whitewater struggled offensively shooting under 30-percent while the Blue Devils made over 41-percent from the floor. Despite falling into an 18-9 deficit after the first quarter, the Warhawks battled their way back into the game in the third quarter. 

Trailing by nine entering the third quarter, Lunden Alexander drew a foul and knocked down a pair of free throws to cut the margin to seven, 34-27. After a free throw for UWS, Renee Rittmeyer hit one of her four three-pointers on the night to pull UWW to within five. Aleah Grundahl jumped a passing lane for a steal a minute later and cruised in for a layup to cut the lead to three, 35-32, with just over seven to go in the quarter. 

Rittmeyer responded to another Blue Devil jumper by drilling a three off a Kacie Carollo pass to narrow the gap to two, 37-35 with 6:12 on the clock. From that point, UW-Stout went on a 7-0 run to push the lead back to nine. Carollo and Rittmeyer drained back-to-back three’s a minute later and the lead was back down to three, 44-41, with 1:27 remaining. The teams traded buckets to round out the quarter with UWS taking a 46-43 advantage into the fourth. 

The Warhawks weren’t able to pull any closer than three the rest of the way as the Blue Devils sealed the game from the free throw line. 

Katie Hildebrandt led UWW with 17 points, adding a pair of blocks and a steal in the game. Rittmeyer ended with 15 bolstered by 4-8 from downtown adding six rebounds in the contest. Carollo tallied another double-double, her third straight, with 10 points and 12 boards. She dished out a team-high four assists in the game. 

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