A strong fourth quarter helped UW-Whitewater’s women’s basketball team remain tied for first place in the WIAC on Wednesday night.

The 19th-ranked Warhawks outscored UW-Stevens Point 22-4 in the fourth quarter in pulling away for a 71-54 win.

Whitewater (17-3, 7-2) got 15 points from Andrea Meinert, while Malia Smith, Sarah Schumacher, and Camri Conley added 12 points each.

Junior guard Juliette Vainisi sparked the Warhawks on the offensive end, sinking two 3-pointers and contributing eight points in the third quarter.

Conley earned a trip to the line and made both free-throws giving the Warhawks their first lead of the quarter, 47-46, with 1:11 remaining in the third.

Whitewater went on a 12-2 run to begin the fourth quarter and never looked back.

A mid-range jumper from Conley gave Whitewater a 15-point lead with 2:30 to play.

The Warhawks forced 19 turnovers and recorded 10 steals in the victory. Whitewater shot 18-for-25 from the free-throw line compared to 8-of-15 for Stevens Point.

Whitewater hosts UW-Stout at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Kachel Gymnasium.

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