Finlandia Women's Basketball Flies By Falcons

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HANCOCK, Mich. (WLUC) – Sophomores Katie Lundeen and Carsyn Osterman scored in double figures as the Finlandia University women’s basketball team (5-7) beat UW-River Falls (4-4) 75-65, Saturday afternoon at the Paavo Nurmi Center.

“Overall we played with a lot of tenacity today,” said head coach Mariah Dunham. “When we played them a week ago, they were winning the hustle plays. We needed to change that. We did a great job in the second half of knocking their threes out and making sure we got the ball inside. Very proud of my team. It’s important to protect your home court and we did just that.”

For the first seven minutes of the game, Finlandia was all over UW-River Falls. Osterman knocked down a moon ball with 3:31 to go. That made it 17-6, Lions.

The Falcons closed the first period on a 10-3 run to trail, 20-16. The second period was back and forth action with neither team leading by more than four. UWRF closed with a 6-2 run to lead by four at the break.

The first two minutes of the third period, UW-River Falls built up a five point lead 41-36. Lundeen hit a bucket to start the FinnU hit parade. Finlandia scored 13 straight points over the next four minutes to effectively end the contest.

The Lions had 31 defensive rebounds to 11 offensive boards for UWRF. FinnU shot 50% from the floor in the second half.

For Finlandia, Lundeen had 29 points, eight rebounds and shot 12-of-19 from the floor and Osterman had 15 points, six assists, eight rebounds and three steals. Sophomores Mariah Austin and Casana Ryynanen had eight points each.

For UW-River Falls, Haley DeSouza had 15 points and Crystal Pearson scored 14 points.

Finlandia hits the road, Saturday, Dec. 14 playing Maranatha Baptist. The game is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. CST.

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