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UW-Whitewater advances to WIAA tourney final

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Gazette staff
February 25, 2011
— UW-Whitewater used a strong second half to put away UW-La Crosse, 71-59, in a WIAC womenís basketball tournament semifinal here Friday.

The Warhawks (21-5) travel to UW-Stevens Point on Sunday for the tournament championship at 2 p.m. Sunday. The winner receives an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III tournament.


Whitewater and La Crosse tied for second place in the regular season, and split victories. Whitewater won 83-62 at La Crosse and La Crosse defeated Whitewater, 73-66, at Whitewater on Feb. 3.


Trailing 30-29 at the half, Whitewater (21-5) use 8-0 and 9-1 runs in the second half to pull away from La Crosse (20-7). Held to one point in the first half, Dana Thompson scored 14 points in the second half to lead the Warhawksí 42-29 second-half surge.


Whitewater sealed the victory making 12 of 14 free throws down the stretch.


Chantel Berg scored 10 of her 18 points in the second half to lead Whitewater in scoring. Dana Churchill scored 17 points to lead La Crosse.


WHITEWATER 71, LA CROSSE 59


La Crosse (59)óLarson, 3-2-9; Litrenta, 2-3-9; Churchill, 4-9-17; Lang, 4-0-10; Frank, 4-0-8; Radowicz, 2-0-6 19-14-59


Whitewater (71)óThill, 2-5-9; Merg, 1-3-5; Olsen, 1-0-3; Burton, 3-0-6; Thom,psopn, 4-7-15; Bestor, 2-0-5; Theune, 2-2-6; Burg, 5-8-18 Ku,erow, 2-0-4. toaw 22-25-71.


UW-La Crosse 30 29ó59


UW-Whitewater 29 42ó71


Three-point goalsóLa Cross (Radowicz, Lang 2, Litrenta 2, Larson) Whitewater 2 (Olsen Bestor) ReboundsóLa Crosse 30 (Frank 14), Whitewater 44 (Thompson 9). AssistsóLa Crosse 8 (Larson 3) Whitewater 11 (Thill 5) Free throws missedóLa Crosse 7, Whitewater 6. Total foulsóLa Crosse 23. Whitewater 23. Fouled outóChurchill.


Attendance: 263.



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