HANCOCK, Mi. Freshman Mariah Austin was a force as the Finlandia University women’s basketball team (1-14) beat Great Lakes Christian (0-14) 75-44, Thursday afternoon at the Paavo Nurmi Center.
“It was a much needed win for us,” said head coach Mariah LaPointe-Dunham. “I’m very happy to have Mariah (Austin) apart of our program. She brings a ton of talent and basketball IQ. Mariah is also a fantastic person and I’m happy she is here to help build this program.”
For most of the first period, Finlandia and Great Lakes Christian were on even terms. The Lions went on a 9-2 run to lead by seven with 1:02 left.
The Crusaders closed to one, 20-19 with 8:10 left in the first period. At the 5:26 mark, Austin hit a pair of free throws. That sparked a 12-2 run by FinnU that effectively ended the contest.
The Lions forced 38 turnovers which produced 32 points. FinnU hit 22 free throws and had 25 steals, both just short of the single game school records.
For Finlandia, Austin led the charge with 25 points, 17 rebounds and three steals while shooting 8-of-14 from the floor and 7-of-8 from the line. Junior Molly Berg had 10 points, five assists and six steals and junior Taylor Pertile scored nine points.
For Great Lakes Christian, Kerlunda Dervil had 11 points and Mystic Striker had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Finlandia remains home, Sunday, Jan. 6 taking on Silver Lake. The game is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m.