Finlandia Women fall short to North Park

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ORLANDO, Fl. Junior Bailey Froberg and sophomore Casana Ryynanen scored in double figures as the Finlandia University women’s basketball team (5-10) lost 70-55 to #37 North Park (9-1), Thursday night at the RDV Sportsplex.

“We aren’t ready as a team to make the next step forward to beat good teams until we do the little things first,” said head coach Mariah Dunham. “We came back but couldn’t capitalize. We need to regroup and get ready for part two of our season.”

For the first seven minutes, Finlandia and North Park battled on even terms. The Vikings hit a 3-pointer at the 3:20 mark to go up by six. NP led by at least points most of the rest of the period.

In the second period, senior Taylor Pertile launched a triple bomb that made it 20-17 with 8:35 to go. North Park out-scored the Lions, 17-6 to lead by 14 at the break.

The Vikings led by double-digits the entire third period and looked to be in control heading into the fourth. The Lions pulled out some SISU and started chopping away.

Froberg hit a lay-up to get the party started. With 7:32 to go, Froberg canned a triple to cut the gap to 55-49. NPU scored six straight and never looked back.

The Lions held North Park to just 27.8% on 3-pointers. They also had 27 defensive rebounds to 10 offensive for the Vikings.

For Finlandia, Froberg and Ryynanen had 10 points each while sophomore Katie Lundeen scored nine. Sophomore Carsyn Osterman had 12 rebounds.

For North Park, Jayla Johnson had 20 points and Josie Summerville had 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Finlandia is off until Sunday, Dec. 29 when hit the road to play St. Scholastica. The game is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. CST