SAULT STE. MARIE, Mi. Sophomore Carsyn Osterman had a double-double as the Finlandia University women’s basketball team (1-5) lost 60-52 to NCAA Division II Lake Superior State (3-2), Friday afternoon at Cooper Gymnasium.
“I thought we competed really well today,” said head coach Mariah Dunham. “I still believe our mistakes and missed lay-ups are hindering our success. When we figure that out, we will be a very scary team.”
The first period was nip and tuck the entire way. Osterman hit a tough shot in the paint at the 5:15 mark to make it 7-3, Finlandia. Lake Superior State scored the last five points to lead at the end of the period, 13-10.
In the second period, the Lakers went on a 13-4 run over the last seven minutes to lead 30-18 at the break. LSS pushed the lead to 11, 43-32 with 2:11 to go before the Lions struck back.
Junior Bailey Froberg knocked down a long range bomber with 19 seconds left in the third. That closed the gap to 43-39. FinnU got back to four down 18 seconds into the final period. Lake Superior State led by at least five the rest of the way.
The Lions were beasts on the boards with six more than the Lakes. They had 31 defensive boards to 10 offensive for LSSU. FinnU also held the Lakers to 14.3% on 3-pointers.
For Finlandia, Osterman had 15 points, 11 rebounds and two steals and sophomore Katie Lundeen had 12 points. Froberg came off the bench to score 10 points.
For Lake Superior State, Claire Radtke had 14 points.