Finlandia Women pull away to drop Saints

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HANCOCK, Mi. It was a high octane attack as the Finlandia University women’s basketball team (3-5) knocked off St. Scholastica (1-5) 78-58, Tuesday afternoon at the Paavo Nurmi Center. This is the first time since 2013-14 that FinnU opened the home season with a win.

“I thought tonight was a great statement game for us,” said head coach Marian Dunham. “We needed to set the tone and we accomplished that. Carsyn (Osterman) and Katie (Lundeen) did great things out there offensively.”

Finlandia came out like a team on mission jumping to an 8-2 lead after just two and a-half minutes. The Lions continue to roll pushing the lead to 17-8 at the 4:14 mark.

St. Scholastica closed the gap to three with 2:41 to go. Sophomore Carsyn Osterman scored in traffic just in front of the buzzer to put FinnU up by nine at the end of the first period. The Saints cut the gap to seven with 9:44 left in the second before Finlandia closed the door with seven straight points.

The Lions shot 46.7% from the floor and 41.2% on triples. Defensively they held CSS to 28.4% from the floor, 16.7% from behind the arc and forced 23 turnovers.

For Finlandia, sophomore Katie Lundeen had 23 points and 10 rebounds while Osterman had 18 points, eight assists and four steals. Junior Bailey Froberg and senior Taylor Pertile had nine points each.

For St. Scholastica, Kaylee Kennedy scored 17 points.

Finlandia hits the road, Friday, Nov. 29 taking on UW-LaCrosse. The game is scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. CST