Finlandia women lose to Chapman 87-43

WHITTIER, Calif. — A solid rebounding night went to naught as the Finlandia University women’s basketball team (0-5) lost 87-43 to Chapman (3-0) at Graham Athletic Center, Friday afternoon.

“It’s unfortunate the final score was what it was because we did some really good things tonight,” said head coach John Motherwell. “Bergy (Molly Berg) had a great all-around game. Held their leading scorer to two points, really frustrated her. On the other end, her shot selection was great, and she was confident with the ball in her hand.”

Chapman got off to a quick start scoring the first nine points of the game. Junior Lela Horne hit a driving jumper to get Finlandia on the board at the 6:20 mark. The Panthers went on an 18-5 run over the next four minutes to seal the game.

The Lions were strong on the boards, especially on the defensive end. They had 11 more rebounds than Chapman and held them to 11 second-chance points for the game. FinnU also forced the Panthers into nine second-half turnovers, almost twice as many as in the first half.

“Our team did a nice job shutting down their top player,” said sophomore Molly Berg. “It wasn’t just me, I had a lot of help. It was obvious we were getting in their heads a little bit. They had some other girls on their team step up and make shots for them. We knew they were pretty good and they proved it.”

For Finlandia, Berg and freshman Julia Nordstrom led the scoring with eight points each. Seniors Kelsie Richards and Julia Daavettila had 11 and nine rebounds, respectively, while Horne had three steals.

Finlandia remains in sunny California, taking on Whittier, Saturday, Nov. 25. The game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.EST.