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College Basketball: Finlandia women rout St. Scholastica, 78-58

HANCOCK — Whenever St. Scholastica made a move on Finlandia University in Tuesday’s women’s basketball game, either Katie Lundeen or Carsyn Osterman had a ready answer.

Lundeen totaled a game-high 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Osterman notched 18 points, 6 assists and three steals in a 78-58 win at Paavo Nurmi Gymnasium.

“I thought for the most part we played well as a team,” Lions coach Mariah LaPointe-Dunham said. “I think our up-and-down transition really killed them (Saints), especially in certain parts of the game where both teams were tired.”

St. Scholastica — trailing by as many as 22 points in the second portion of the contest — whittled the margin down to nine points with about five minutes left.

But Osterman, the former Baraga High standout, knocked down a clutch triple and set up Lundeen for a layup to restore order at 64-50.

“Again, Carsyn (Osterman) and Katie Lundeen had really great games. And we need them to do that to have a shot at winning games,” LaPointe-Dunham said.

Now 3-5 on the season, Finlandia started out strongly last night. A 27-18 lead was sparked by the inside play of Lundeen, last week’s ACHA Player of the Week.

Hancock’s Taylor Pertile also hit a pair of baskets in the early going.

The FU lead swelled to 48-32 by intermission as pressure defense rattled the Wisconsin team.

Kaylee Kennedy led a Saints rally in the second that was also aided by Lundeen drawing an early third quarter fourth foul.

LaPointe-Dunham said foul problems to her ace center have been a concern.

“That’s three games in a row where Katie has gotten into foul problems,” she said. “We’re working on that and we’ve had to go to a smaller lineup to deal with it.”

Bailey Froberg (L’Anse) joined Pertile with nine points for the Blue and White. Mlley Berg added seven points and 3 steals in a solid showing.

Kennedy’s 17 points led CSS, while Christine Furey grabbed 11 rebounds.

St. Scholastica 18 14 18 8 — 58

Finlandia 27 21 18 12 — 78

ST. SCHOLASTICA (58) — Altendorf 3, Kennedy 17, Furey 2, Moe 9, Anderson 5, Zmuda 3, Skog 4, Manor 2, Kovajecz 4, Turner 3, Romay 2. FG: 19-67; FT: 17-22; Rebounds: 44 (Furey 11); 3-point FG: Mone 1, Kennedy 1. Zmuda 1.

FINLANDIA (78) — Austin 4, Pertile 9, Lundeen 23, Osterman 18, H. Froberg 2, Berg 7, B. Froberg 9, Ryynanen 4, Loman 2. FG: 28-60. FT: 15-21; Rebounds: 41 (Osterman and H. Froberg 8; 3-point FG: Pertile 3, Osterman 2, Berg 1, B. Froberg 1.

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