Finlandia Basketball swept by St. Scholastica

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DULUTH, Mn. A valiant effort fell short as the Finlandia University women’s basketball team (5-17) lost 53-49 to St. Scholastica (6-15), Wednesday night at Reif Gym.

“I think what hurt us was not paying attention to detail down the stretch,” said head coach Mariah LaPointe-Dunham. “Not executing and turnovers.”

For the first five minutes, the teams played on even terms. At the 4:50 mark, freshman Katie Lundeen hit a lay-up. That sparked a run of nine straight points.

Another bucket from Lundeen made it 18-5, Finlandia with 3:15 left in the first period. The Lions maintained a lead of three to 11 points the rest of the way to halftime.

In the third period, freshman Katie Loman hit a tough jumper to make it 38-28, FinnU with 6:35 left. St. Scholastica ran off eight straight to close to two at the 2:55 mark.

In the fourth period, both squads went back and forth. Lundeen hit a driving layup to make it 45-44, Finlandia with 1:10 left. The Saints finished on a 9-4 run to pull the game out.

The Lions had 33 defensive rebounds to 12 offensive for CSS. FinnU also held the Saints to 25.9% from the floor and 15% from 3-point range. The story was at the line where CSS hit 20 of 24.

For Finlandia, Lundeen had 22 points and freshman Harlee Froberg scored nine points. Loman had a strong game with eight points, nine rebounds and two steals.

For St. Scholastica, Michala Walther had 14 points and eight rebounds.

Finlandia stays on the road, Saturday, Feb. 9 taking on Great Lakes Christian. The game is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m.

Five players in double figure points was not enough as the Finlandia University men’s basketball team (0-18) lost 85-59 to St. Scholastica (13-9), Wednesday night at Reif Gym.

For the first nine minutes of the game, Finlandia battled tough with St. Scholastica. The Saints went on an 8-4 to go up by 11 with 14:04 to go in the first half.

The Lions refused to quit getting buckets from sophomore Dewan Keeling, senior Austin Carlson and sophomore Tyler Browner. That made it 17-12 at the 12:27 mark. CSS went on an 11-3 run over the next four minutes to effectively end the game.

The Lions shot 42.9% from 3-point range in the second half. FinnU shot 84.6% from the line for the game and held the Saints to 23.5% on treys.

For Finlandia, Browner, sophomore Jamal DeShields-Beard and sophomore Jacob Oom had 12 points each. Freshman Joe Heinonen scored 11 points and Carlson had 10 points and eight rebounds.

For St. Scholastica, Collin Anderson scored 14 points and Brandon Newman had 13 points.

Finlandia returns home, Saturday, Feb. 9 playing Gogebic. The game is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m.