The No. 17 ranked Warhawks defeated Augustana with a score of 75-67 in Rock Island, Illinois, on Wednesday night in a no-conference match up.
UW-Whitewater outscored the Vikings 23-12.
The Warhawks were led by junior guard Bccky Raeder, who had 19 points on the night, along with sophomore guard Adriana Green, who hit a career-best of 13 points and two steals.
“We knew that Augustana really wanted a win because it was their first game on their home floor, so we knew we had to come together and play together,” said Becky Raeder. “We rebounded well and kept them from getting offensive rebounds and put backs.”
The Warhawks were 42-31 in rebounds over Augustana. UW-Whitewater also had eight turnovers and scored 17 fast-break points.
They made 8 out of the 12 free-throws in the fourth quarter to seal the win, while Augustana was shooting 50 percent in that quarter.
On Saturday at Kachel Gymnasium, the Warhawks fell short to fourth-ranked Thomas More from Kentucky, with a score of 69-48 in another non-conference match up.
The Warhawks were held to 27.1 percent shooting. The Warhawks were led by senior center Becky Deichl with nine points, seven rebounds and one block, along with senior forward Olivia Freckmann with eight points and eight rebounds.
“In order to be the best you have to beat the best, so I think that was a really good lesson for us,” said Becky Deichl. “They didn’t do anything that we couldn’t, it’s just that they did all the little things well and were really disciplined. For us, this means that we really need to focus on communicating defensively. It will be really important for us to do a better job cleaning up the glass moving forward.”
Deichl brought UW-Whitewater to within 13 points through the second, since Thomas More was holding the Warhawks to almost an 18-point lead most of the game.
Head coach Keri Corollo was positive about the end result, even if it was not what the team was looking for. “I’m proud of our girls tht we did not give them a whole lot of transition baskets. That was one of our goals, which was to not give them anything easy and make it hard,” said Corollo. “You can see why they have been in the final four, won many national championships and are ranked 4th in the country. They are a very good team.”
The Warhawks resume non-conference play this Saturday, Dec. 8 against Coe from Iowa at Kachel Gymnasium.