ESCANABA, Mi. Junior Bailey Froberg and sophomore Carsyn Osterman stepped up as the Finlandia University women’s basketball team (10-11) grounded out a 50-45 win over Bay College (14-7), Saturday afternoon at Bay College Gym. This is the fifth straight win for FinnU.
“We came out pretty flat,” said head coach Mariah Dunham. “Bay did a great job of making us play in a hurry. We settled down and decided to play some defense, which was the key to our success. Hard to play this one without Katie (Lundeen), however we weathered the storm. Carsyn (Osterman) and Bailey (Froberg) stepped up for us big time.”
Bay College pushed the tempo from the get-go. The Norse led by 10, 12-2 at the 5:29 mark before Finlandia took a deep breath.
The Lions slowly chipped away and B. Froberg scored in the paint to tie it at 14-14 with 1:48 to go. For the rest of the first half, BC and FinnU played a back-and-forth game.
The same pattern of play was seen in the third period with neither team having a lead of more than two. Osterman launched a trey from outside the gym to put Finlandia up 45-40 with 3:44 to go. The Lions held that margin the rest of the way.
For Finlandia, Osterman had 14 points, five assists and four steals, B. Froberg scored 13 points and sophomore Harlee Froberg had 11 points, 14 rebounds and four steals.
For Bay College, Trish McGuire scored eight points and Kaitlyn Hardwick had 15 rebounds.
Finlandia returns home, Wednesday, Feb. 29 taking on Bay College. The game is scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m.