The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater women's basketball team continued its strong play and honored its four seniors Saturday afternoon during a 74-60 victory over UW-Stout in a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest at Kachel Gymnasium.
The Warhawks (16-7 overall, 9-3 WIAC) claimed their eighth straight win and remains one game behind first-place UW-Oshkosh in the WIAC standings.
UW-Whitewater shot 45.8 percent from the floor and held the Blue Devils (16-7, 6-6) to 33.3 percent from the floor. The Warhawks hit 11-of-14 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to maintain their advantage.
Sophomore guard Emily Schumacher posted a team-high 17 points, and junior guard Camri Conley tallied 14 points. Senior forward Olivia Freckmann recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 11 points, 10 rebounds and two steals.
Junior guard Becky Raeder finished with nine points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Junior guard Megan Corcoran collected eight points, and junior forward Johanna Taylor registered six rebounds and four blocks up front.
Freckmann was honored at halftime along with fellow seniors Becky Deichl, Sarah Schumacher and Juliette Vainisi during their final home regular season game. All four started the game, and all four scored and combined for 25 points.
The Warhawks grabbed an 11-6 lead four minutes into the contest and opened up a 16-8 advantage two minutes later following a layup by Raeder.
UW-Stout scored the next seven points to cut the UW-W lead to one, but the Warhawks scored on their final three possessions of the quarter as Freckmann nailed a 3-pointer from the corner at the buzzer to make it 23-19.
The Blue Devils drew to within two with 8:40 on the clock, but UW-Whitewater answered with an 8-0 run capped by a 3-point play by Conley at the 5:24 mark. The Warhawks took an 11-point lead two minutes later on a 3-pointer by Corcoran, but UW-Stout whittled its deficit down to six by halftime.
UW-Whitewater opened up an 11-point lead four minutes into the third on a layup by Deichl, and the team held at least a three possession lead for the remainder of the quarter and led 56-49 heading to the fourth.
The Blue Devils drew to within six with 9:22 to play, but Emily Schumacher scored five straight points to push the lead back to double digits. From there, UW-Stout drew no closer than nine points as the Warhawks continued to convert at the free-throw line. Vainisi converted the final two free throws of the game.
UW-Whitewater begins the final week of the regular season Wednesday with a visit to UW-Platteville at 7 p.m.