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Women’s Basketball: Lions top Mount Mary, remain unbeaten at home this year

HANCOCK — It was hardly a work of art, but the Finlandia University women’s basketball team accomplished most of their goals on Senior Night Saturday evening at Paavo Nurmi Center.

The Lions notched a 65-47 win over Mount Mary College to finish unbeaten at home this winter.

“It was a pretty sloppy game in the first half,” Finlandia coach Mariah Dunham said. “But we got done what we wanted to and that’s the main thing.”

All three seniors, Molly Berg, Taylor Pertile and Mia Glenn, saw playing time. Berg and Pertile, both from Hancock, combined for 22 points. Glenn had a rebound and assist in her short stint.

One of the goals the Lions wanted to get done was to get sophomore center Katie Lundeen back on track. She had missed most of the last two weeks with injuries.

“I thought Katie (Lundeen) played pretty well,” Dunham said. “We’re trying to get her back to where she was before (the injuries). And also as team, we have to get better on defense and also on the fundamentals.”

Lundeen, the team’s top scorer and rebounder this season, had 26 points and 10 rebounds against MMC. She tallied 19 of her points in the second part of the game.

Finlandia struggled in the first two quarters and held a 28-17 lead at halftime.

It took a pair of three-pointers from Pertile to build that margin against a smaller Blue Angels squad.

Berg keyed a 12-2 run to begin the second half with six points of her own.

“We’ve relied on those two girls (Pertile and Berg) to give us a lift all season,” Dunham said. “And they have for the most part.”

The Lions, who have won six in a row to improve to 12-11, also received 13 points and three steals from Berg and nine more points from Pertile.

Carsyn Osterman (Baraga) handed out a team-best six assists and had five rebounds. Bailey Froberg (L’Anse) added eight points.

Rae Grubbs led the 5-16 MCC effort with 12 points. Erica Williams chipped in 11 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

After closing the season with games on the road at Northland College on Tuesday and Holy Family College Saturday, FU will get ready to play in the ACHA postseason tourney in Milwaukee the week after that.

“I think we have a real good chance to do well there,” Dunham said. “We just have to keep our mojo going.”

Mt. Mary 7 10 14 16 — 47

Finlandia 13 15 22 15 — 65

MT. MARY (47): Grubbs 12, Williams 11. Young 7, Golo 8, Valdez 4, Pavelko 4. FT: 14-27. Rebounds: 45 (Williams 14). F: 21. Fouled out: None. 3-point FG: Golo 2, Grubbs 2.

FINLANDIA (65): H. Froberg 6, Lundeen 26, B. Froberg 8, Berg 13, Pertile 9, Ryynanen 3. FT: 15-21. Rebounds: 35 (Lundeen 10). F: 22. Fouled out: None. 3-point FG: Pertile 3, B. Froberg 2, Berg 2, H. Froberg 1.

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