HOLLAND, Mich. (WLUC) – Sophomore Katie Lundeen had a record breaking day as the Finlandia University women’s basketball team (1-3) knocked off Saint Mary’s (Ind.) (2-2) 77-69, Saturday afternoon at DeVos Fieldhouse. This was day two of the Tip-Off Classic.
“Our girls played intense for 40 minutes,” said head coach Mariah Dunham. “We were really using our athleticism this game. I think we finally found our “mojo”. I’m very proud of Katie (Lundeen) and Taylor (Pertile). Katie not only had to score but defend Saint Mary’s best player #30. Taylor gave us great minutes off the bench. We challenged her before the game to “come alive” and she certainly proved herself.”
The first period was a back-and-forth battle the whole way. The margin was usually between 2-4 points virtually the whole way.
In the second period, Saint Mary’s began to pull away, leading 34-23 at the 4:05 mark. Finlandia then went on a tear hitting jumper after jumper. Senior Taylor Pertile hit a jumper with 22 seconds.
That closed a run of 12 straight points for the Lions. FinnU led 35-34 at halftime.
In the second half, Finlandia had the lead for all but 13 seconds. It was a game of trading buckets between the two teams. The Belles closed the gap to four, 73-69 with 35 seconds left. Sophomore Carsyn Osterman hit four free throws to seal the game.
The Lions turned the ball over just 11 times. The defense came away with 11 steals, scored 20 points off turnovers and held the Belles to 35.6% from the floor and 26.1% on threes.
Lundeen had 36 points while shooting 11-of-19 from the floor and 14-of-16 from the line. She set the school record for free throws made in a game, breaking the mark of 13 by Marissa Burke against Presentation (Feb. 16, 2013). Lundeen also tied the single game free throw attempt record and her points was third best.
Osterman had 10 points, 11 rebounds and three steals and Pertile had 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting off the bench.
For Saint Mary’s, Kelsie Bies had 21 points and Jade Mosier had 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Finlandia continues the road trip, Wednesday, Nov. 20 taking on Lawrence. The game is scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m. CST