Strong second half not enough for Finlandia Women

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SUPERIOR, Wi.. It was a tale of two half’s as the Finlandia University women’s basketball team (4-15) lost 83-66 to UW-Superior (15-2), Monday night at Mertz Mortorelli Gym.

“We came out extremely flat,” said head coach Mariah LaPointe-Dunham. “Being young, we have to learn how to get ourselves ready for basketball games coming off the bench. We will bounce back.

Over the first eight minutes of the contest, Finlandia hung in there. Freshman Katie Loman drove the lane and scored to make it 15-8, UW-Superior with 2:32 left. The Yellowjackets finished the period on a 9-2 run to put the game away.

The Lions had a strong second half as they shot 51.7% from the floor and 58.3% from behind the arc. FinnU turned the ball over just five times while forcing 11 turnovers from Superior.

For Finlandia, freshman Harlee Froberg had 21 points with four triples, junior Taylor Pertile had 12 points and hit four 3-pointers and freshman Katie Lundeen scored 10 points. Loman had a strong all-around game with eight points, four assists and five steals.

For Superior, Hannah Norlin had 19 points and 15 rebounds and Eva Reinertsen scored 19 points.

Finlandia is off until, Wednesday, Jan. 23 when they travel to Kalamazoo College. The game is scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m.