Finlandia Women making strides toward first win of the season

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calvin, mI. Turnovers proved to be the wall as the Finlandia University women’s basketball team (0-8) lost 62-56 to Calvin (3-3), Wednesday night at Van Noord Arena.

“Tonight, we outplayed Calvin in every category,” said head coach Mariah LaPointe-Dunham. “The name of the game is turnovers. We were the better team but we prove otherwise when we make our own mistakes.”

Finlandia had the lead for most of the first period. Three free throws put the Lions up, 16-12 with 1:45 to go. Calvin scored the last seven points to lead by three.

The Knights carried that over to the second period building a lead of 12, 31-19 at the 3:32 mark. FinnU closed a strong run with a jumper by freshman Katie Loman. That made it 32-29, Calvin with 50 seconds left. The Knights would lead by three at the break.

Calvin maintained a lead of 6-10 points for the first seven minutes of the third period. Finlandia refused to quit getting long range bombs from freshman Katie Lundeen and junior Molly Berg.

That closed it to three with 3:14 to go. Three charity tosses tied the game at 46:46 at the 1:13 mark. The Lions were down one with 7:30 to go in the final period. The Knights went on an 11-2 run over the next five minutes to seal the game.

The Lions pulled down 28 defensive rebounds to 14 offensive for the Knights. This is the fifth straight game that FinnU has had at least a 2-1 margin.

For Finlandia, junior Taylor Pertile had 16 points, three steals and hit five triples while freshman Harlee Froberg scored 10 points. Berg had seven assists and three steals.

For Calvin, Gabby Trimmer had 27 points and 11 rebounds.

Finlandia remains on the road, Tuesday, Dec. 4 taking on UW-Oshkosh. The game is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. CST