Balanced scoring helped UW-Whitewater’s women’s basketball team maintain sole possession of first place in the WIAC on Wednesday night.
Five players scored in double figures to lead Whitewater to a 72-60 road win over UW-Oshkosh.
The 17th-ranked Warhawks improved to 19-3 overall and 9-2 in the WIAC.
Whitewater pulled away thanks to shooting 44.6 percent from the field and making 19 of 24 free throws.
Whitewater never trailed over the final three quarters after taking the lead for good with 45 seconds to play in the first quarter.
Senior guard and Whitewater High graduate Brooke Trewyn led the Warhawks with 19 points, eight rebounds, three assists and a career-high seven steals. Senior guard Malia Smith tallied 12 points, five rebounds and two assists, and junior forward and Whitewater High grad Sarah Schumacher added 12 points.
The Warhawks stretched their lead out midway through the second quarter and built it to seven by halftime.
Oshkosh narrowed its deficit to one three minutes into the third quarter, but Whitewater countered with a 9-1 run to take a 38-29 advantage midway through the period.
With the lead in double figures early on in the fourth quarter, Whitewater put the game away by making 13 free throws the last eight minutes of play.
Whitewater hosts UW-River Falls at 3 p.m. on Saturday on Senior Day at Kachel Gymnasium. The Warhawks will recognize Smith, Trewyn and senior forward Andrea Meinert during the trio’s second-to-last regular season home game.