Warhawk women advance to Division III's Elite Eight
UW-Whitewater's women's basketball team is one win away from a second straight trip to the Final Four.
Mary Merg scored 23 points and the Warhawks busted out for 45 points in the second half in pulling away for a 69-57 win over UW-Oshkosh in an NCAA Division III Sweet 16 game.
Whitewater (24-4) plays DePauw (30-1) in an Elite Eight game at 6 p.m. today.
The Warhawks led by four at halftime against WIAC rival Oshkosh but pushed the lead to double digits early in the second half.
Merg made three of Whitewater's seven 3-point baskets, while the Warhawks put the game away thanks to an impressive 22-for-28 performance at the free-throw line.
Brodhead High graduate Kristen Ruchti led the Warhawks with eight rebounds and finished with 12 points. Reilly Stewart added 11 points for Whitewater.
WHITEWATER 69, OSHKOSH 57
Whitewater (69)—Thill, 1-5-8; Mandrell, 2-2-6; Burton, 2-0-6; Merg, 7-6-23; Stewart, 2-6-11; Olsen, 0-3-3; Ruchti, 6-0-12. Totals: 20-22-69.
Oshkosh (57)—Schmidt, 1-8-10; Neuslifter, 1-1-3; Selner, 3-0-6; Kuehl, 3-4-11; Stecker, 4-3-11; Kokta, 6-0-12; Tollefson, 1-0-2; Richard, 1-0-2. Totals: 20-16-57.
UW-Whitewater 24 45—69
UW-Oshkosh 20 37—57
Three-point goals—Whitewater 7 (Merg 3, Burton 2, Thill, Stewart), Oshkosh 1 (Kuehl). Free throws missed—Whitewater 6, Oshkosh 5. Total fouls—Whitewater 20, Oshkosh 20.