SUPERIOR, Wis. (WLUC) – Sophomore Katie Lundeen had a monster double-double as the Finlandia University women’s basketball team beat St. Scholastica (4-8) 66-58, Monday afternoon at Mertz Mortorelli Gym. It was the final day of the Superior Shootout Holiday Classic.
“I thought we came out and played with a chip on our shoulder,” said head coach Marian Dunham. “We’ve been struggling with illness and injuries, so it was big for us to get this win. Katie (Lundeen) had an incredible game. I’m extremely proud of our senior captain Molly Berg. She led the team and calmed us down when we needed it. Great win for the program.”
The first five minutes of the first period was a tight affair with Finlandia up 4-2. Lundeen hit a lay-up to start an 11-2 run for the Lions. FinnU held a double-digit lead the entire second period.
In the third period, freshman Martina Jahfetson hit a triple to put Finlandia up 40-24 at the 9:41 mark. St. Scholastica began to chip away, closing the gap to three, 46-43 with 4:07 to go. In the final minute, Berg dropped in a trey to put the Lions up 54-45 heading into the fourth.
The Saints came out charging, scoring the first eight points of the final period. That made it 54-53 at the 6:56 mark. Lundeen and sophomore Carsyn Osterman combined for five straight points. FinnU never led by less than six for the last five minutes.
The Lions were absolutely dominate on the boards with 54 to 26 for the Saints. FinnU held CSS to 35.1% from the floor and 15.8% on 3-pointers. The Lions had 19 second chance points to just four for the Saints.
For Finlandia, Lundeen had 32 points and 15 rebounds. Off the bench, Berg had 14 points and freshman Casana Ryynanen had nine points and 10 rebounds.
For St. Scholastica, Karli Skog had 15 points and Kaylee Kennedy scored 14 points.
Finlandia is off until Thursday, Jan. 9 when they play Great Lakes Christian. The game is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.