Finlandia Men's Basketball Plays Tough Against Hope

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WLUC) – Junior Bailey Froberg and sophomore Carsyn Osterman scored in double figures as the Finlandia University women’s basketball team (5-9) fell 82-51 to #4 Hope (11-0), Tuesday night at the RDV Sportsplex.

“I thought we battled a lot tougher than the first time at Hope,” said head coach Mariah Dunham. “We spread the court out a little more and left room for drives and back door cuts. Defensively, we tried our best against the huge inside presence that Hope has (6’3” / 6’4”). We just couldn’t handle them on the boards.”

For the first seven minutes, Finlandia gave Hope everything they could handle. Froberg tossed in a shot from the Atlantic Ocean. That cut the margin to one, 6-5 at the 7:19 mark.

Up three with 6:21 to go, the Flying Dutchmen scored six straight to lead by nine. The Lions refused to quit and got four points from sophomores Katie Loman and Katie Lundeen.

That made it 16-11 with 3:06 left in the first. Hope went on an 11-2 run over the next six minutes to finally pull away.

The Lions held Hope to shooting just 33.3% on three-pointers. The 51 points were the most that the Flying Dutchmen have given up this season. They are the number one scoring defense NCAA DIII at 40 points a game.

For Finlandia, Osterman had 15 points and two steals, Froberg scored 10 points and Lundeen added nine.

For Hope, Olivia Voskuil had 13 points.

Finlandia remains in Florida, Thursday, Dec. 19 taking on North Park. The game is scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m.

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