Warhawk women advance to Division III's Elite Eight

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Gazette staff
March 14, 2014

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)—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.

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