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An old-fashioned three-point play from senior Becky Raeder lifted the UW-Whitewater women’s basketball team to a 59-55 WIAC road win over UW-Platteville on Wednesday night.

The victory sets up the first-place Warhawks (20-2, 10-1 in conference) for a critical WIAC game at 5 p.m. Saturday against second-place UW-Eau Claire. A victory at Eau Claire will put the Warhawks two games ahead of the Blugolds with three to play. An Eau Claire win would created a first-place tie.

It appeared for a while that Whitewater would go into Saturday’s game in a first-place tie. The Warhawks trailed 55-53 with 20 seconds left. Then Raeder got fouled while attempting a spinning layup. Raeder’s shot rattled in after bouncing around the rim. The senior guard made the free throw attempt to give the Warhawks the lead.

The Pioneers missed a reverse layup with six seconds to go.

Warhawks junior Johanna Taylor made 3 of 4 free throws during the final four seconds of the game to ice the contest.

Raeder led the Warhawks on Wednesday night with with 19 points.

Platteville (11-11, 3-8 WIAC) led 18-12 after the first quarter of play. The Pioneers finished off the final 6:34 of the first half on an 11-5 run.

Whitewater (20-2, 10-1) trailed by as much as 25-16 with 5:38 remaining in the second period, but ended up outscoring the Pioneers, 16-14, in the second quarter, to go into halftime down 32-28.

The Warhawks once again trailed by nine in the third quarter as the Pioneers built their advantage up to 44-35 with 4:24 left.

Whitewater responded with a 10-0 run to take a 45-44 lead into the fourth quarter.

Taylor scored 16 points and also added eight rebounds. She finished 8 of 10 from the free-throw line.

Sophomore Veronica Kieres also broke double digits with 12 points.

Whitewater High School graduate Allison Heckert scored four points for Platteville and added a game-high five assists.

WHITEWATER 59, PLATTEVILLE 55

Whitewater (59)—Raeder, 8-21 1-1 19; Taylor, 4-9 8-10 16; Kieres, 3-7 5-8 12; Schumacher, 2-6 2-2 6; Grundahl, 2-8 0-0 4; Oomens, 1-7 0-0 2; Belschner, 0-0 0-0 0; Green, 0-1 0-0 0; Sto. Domingo, 0-3 0-0 0. Totals: 20-62 16-21 59.

Platteville (55)—Domask, 5-14 2-3 12; Emendorfer, 3-4 0-2 9; Williams, 4-6 0-0 8; Clemons, 2-11 1-2 7; Meyers, 3-10 0-0 7; Asche, 3-6 0-0 6; Heckert, 1-5 2-2 4; Stewart, 0-3 2-2 2; Gilbert, 0-0 0-0 0; McGrath, 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-59 7-11 55.

Whitewater 12 16 17 14—59

Platteville 18 14 12 11—55

3-point goals—Whitewater 3-18 (Raeder, 2-9; Kieres, 1-3; Schumacher, 0-4; Sto. Domingo, 0-2), Platteville 6-18 (Emendorfer, 3-3; Clemons, 2-5; Meyers, 1-4; Heckert, 0-2; Stewart, 0-1; Asche, 0-1; Williams, 0-1; Domask, 0-1). Rebounds—Whitewater 37 (Grundahl, 9), Platteville 36 (Domask 15). Assists—Whitewater 6 (Sto. Domingo, 2), Platteville 15 (Heckert 5). Total fouls—Whitewater 16, Platteville 19. A-212

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