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GREENCASTLE, Ind. -- Carthage (21-7) knocked off No. 19 Wisconsin-Whitewater (22-7) 74-68 on Friday in a first-round NCAA tournment game at DePauw.

Carthage advances to a second-round game on Saturday the DePauw-Westminster (Mo.) winner.

"At this [time] of year, the teams with the little extra toughness are the ones who win games," Carthage head coach Tim Bernero said. "By and large, we had a solid effort against a really good basketball team."

This was Carthage's second win against Wisconsin-Whitewater in two NCAA tournament games. The Lady Reds defeated the Warhawks 79-74 in a second-round game in 2010.

After Carthage took a quick 4-0 lead, Wisconsin-Whitewater settled into a 9-0 run to take a 9-4 lead at 15:28. The Lady Reds came right back with six consecutive points to regain the lead 10-9 at 13:27. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Haley Stercic and Gabby Chapa gave Carthage its largest lead of the half  26-21  at 4:53. Kaitlyn Thill's four-point play at 3:47 brought the Warhawks back within one 28-27. The game was tied at halftime 34-34.

With the score tied at 37-37 at 17:48, Carthage scored eight unanswered points to take a 45-37 lead at 15:39. Allison Groessl connected on a pair of 3-pointers in an 8-0 run, sandwiched around a layup by Stephanie Kuzmanic. A 3-pointer by Stercic at 14:29 gave the Lady Reds a nine-point lead at 48-39. Wisconsin-Whitewater came right back with a 12-0 run to take a three-point lead, 51-48, at 10:31. A three-point play by Diana Jacklin at 5:24 gave Carthage a five-point lead at 62-57. Cailee Corcoran's short jumper at 2:09 made it a six-point game at 66-60 and Jacklin's breakaway layup at 1:44 made it 68-60.

Kaitlyn Thill's three-point play with 40 seconds remaining cut the lead to three at 68-65 but a pair of free throws by Stephanie Kuzmanic upped Carthage's lead to five at 70-65. The Warhawks weren't quite done. A 3-pointer by Mary Merg at 21 seconds made it 70-68, but two more free throws by Kuzmanic with 20 seconds remaining gave the Lady Reds a four-point edge at 72-68. Two free throws by Dani Ripkey with 12.6 seconds made it a 74-68 final.

Carthage shot 45 percent (26-61), including seven-of-18 from 3-point range, while Wisconsin-Whitewater shot just 36 percent (23-64), including eight-of-22 3-pointers. The Lady Reds converted 15-of-20 free throws, while the Warhawks made 14-of-19. Carthage had a narrow, 40-37 edge in rebounding and turned the ball over 21 times to 18 for UW-Whitewater.

Jacklin led Carthage with a game-high 23 points on eight-of-17 field goals, along with seven-of-10 free throws, nine rebounds four assists and three blocked shots. Groessl had 15 points on five-of-10 shooting, including four-of-seven 3-pointers, while Corcoran added 11 points, a game-high 12 rebounds and four assists. Merg led Wisconsin-Whitewater with 15 points, and Kaitlyn Thill had 13 points and five assists.

“It was a heck of a game,” Bernero said. “They're good, they're physical, and they can shoot the ball. We did some good stuff over the course of the game and did some really dumb stuff.  In the end, we made some plays and persevered."