MENOMONIE, Wis. -- The Warhawks' relentless defense recorded 18 steals and forced 27 turnovers leading to a 66-52 win against Dubuque Saturday afternoon in the Turkey Shootout hosted by UW-Stout in Menomonie, Wis.

A 7-0 early game run by Dubuque gave the Spartans their largest lead of the half, and of the game, 9-4, with 13:04 left in the first half. Whitewater responded with an 11-1 run that spanned 5:22 giving the Warhawks a 24-15 lead with 3:22 left. The teams traded points for the remaining three minutes with the Warhawks extending their lead to 11, 31-20 at halftime.

UW-W scored 19 points off turnovers in the first half to the Spartans' 4 and the Warhawks had a 16-2 advantage in points in the paint. Defensively, Whitewater tallied 15 steals to UD's 3. The Warhawks forced 20 turnovers while committing just nine in the first twenty minutes. Kaitlyn Thill led all scorers in the first half with 11 and added six steals.

Dubuque would cut the Whitewater lead to six, twice, in the first 10 minutes of the second half. An 8-1 UW-W run pushed the lead back into double digits with the Warhawks taking the 55-39 advantage with 6:29 left to play.

An old-fashioned 3-point play by Steff Glynn gave Whitewater its largest lead of the game, 64-46, with just over three minutes in the game. Dubuque responded with back-to-back 3s to cut the lead to 12 and Chantel Burg finished out the scoring in the game with layup making the final score 66-52.

The Whitewater offense spread the wealth with 18 points from the bench in the second half to Dubuque's nine. Similar to the first half, the Warhawks posted a 14-2 advantage in points in the paint.

UW-W shot 40 percent from the field going 23-57 compared to Dubuque's 15-50. UW-W made 17-19 from the free-throw line while the Spartans went 18-29.

Burg, a senior forward, posted a game high 14 points and added five steals. Thill, a sophomore guard, added 11 points and seven steals. Junior center Cortney Kumerow recorded her first double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 boards. Senior guard Jamie Swanson had a game high four assists.

The Spartans were lead by junior and senior guards Mollie Whiting and Aimee Reyzer with 11 points apiece. Senior center Heather Taylor grabbed eight rebounds.

The Warhawks improve to 4-1 this season as UD falls to 2-1.