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College Basketball: Finlandia women beat Northland for eighth straight win

ASHLAND, Wis. — Senior Molly Berg and sophomore Katie Lundeen led the way as the Finlandia University women’s basketball team beat Northland 72-57 Wednesday night for the Lions’ eighth straight win.

“I thought we came out and played intense defense,” said Finlandia head coach Mariah Dunham. “We made it a point of emphasis on clogging up the paint and making them beat us from the outside. In the second half, Northland made some shots and we played fast. We need to slow ourselves down and control the game and refocus when teams try to rattle us. Proud of Molly (Berg) for taking control of the game at points when we needed it.”

The first four minutes of the game, neither Finlandia (13-11) nor Northland (4-17) could establish a rhythm. The Lions scored six straight points for a 10-1 lead with 2:50 left.

The Lumberjills scored the last three pints to trail, 12-6 after one period. In the second, senior Molly Berg hit a lay-up to start a run of 17 straight points that effectively ended the game.

FinnU held the Lumberjills to shooting 26.4 percent from the floor and 23.5 percent on 3-pointers. The Lions shot 50 percent from the floor and 82.6 percent from the line.

For Finlandia, Berg had 16 points and was 7-of-10 from the floor while Lundeen had 16 points. Junior Bailey Froberg scored 10 points and sophomore Mariah Austin had nine rebounds.

For Northland, Bianca Avalos scored 17 points and Sarah Dunbar had 16.

Finlandia closes the regular season visiting Holy Family at 4 p.m. Saturday.

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